Thematic shading

How to create thematic shading for a boundary map

Add New LayerThis tutorial shows how to do thematic shading for a Shape (SHP) map in Excel. To create a thematic map, we first add a map layer for your Excel data using the Add Data steps. Secondly we open your external shapefile (*.shp) in WGS84 format using the Add New Layer button.

The map will show the imported layer on top.

Select the Create Thematic Map button.

Thematic_Layer_SelectionIn the first step you need to select for which layer you woud like to create a thematic map. You can select an existing layer, create a new layer or create a heatmap which counts the points in all available layers. In the previous steps we already added layers, so we select Existing layer.

After Current Layer select the layer you would like to create a thematic map for. In this case we would like to apply thematic shading to our shapefile with areas.
You can choose to use data from the shapefile itself or use data from an other already added layer. If you choose the second option, you will need to select the select you would like to use as well. You can only use a non-thematic layer which is based on Excel data.
Click Next.

Thematic_Type_Aggregation_CountThe last step is to select the type of thematic shading.

Individual colors – based on an administrative value
Range colors – sum of a value in a column, count for the number of objects withtin each region

thematic shading standard

The result may look like this.

In the layer control you can change the ranges through clicking on the range values (for example 6.4 – 12.8) and set the start of the range. The previous value will change too.

Also a label column can be selected.

The result is a thematic map with labels.

thematic schanged
Next step is to share it via the Save as PDF button.


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