How to style area & line markers

Once you've imported an area or line marker, you can style it in our Locator map tool. To do so, click on the marker you want to style in the list of markers at the top of step 1: Add markers. A box of styling settings will open below the list. Here we explain you which styling settings you'll find:

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How to to style line markers

You will find the following options when you click on a line marker: 

  • Color: Defines the color of the line. Click on the the little color swatch to change the color. 
  • Width: Defines the width of the line. You can move the slider or type in a number. 
  • Opacity: Defines how transparent the line should be. You can move the slider or type in a number between 5% (very transparent) to 100% (not transparent at all). 0% opacity means that the line is not visible at all anymore. 
  • Dash: Here you can decide if your line should be one consistent line, or if it should be dashed. Play around to see what works best for your map. Please note that dashed lines look better when you use a small line width.

We will cover the "more options" at the end of this article.

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How to style area markers

You will find the following options when you click on an area marker: 

  • Fill Color: Defines the color of the area. Click on the the little color swatch to change the color. 
  • Fill Opacity: Defines how transparent the area should be. You can move the slider or type in a number between 5% (very transparent) to 100% (not transparent at all). 0% opacity means that the area is not visible at all anymore. 
  • Outline Color: Defines the color of the outline surrounding the area. Click on the the little color swatch to change the color.  
  • Outline Width: Defines the width of the outline. You can move the slider or type in a number. 
  • Outline Opacity: Defines how transparent the outline should be. You can move the slider or type in a number between 5% (very transparent) to 100% (not transparent at all). 0% opacity means that the outline is not visible at all anymore. 
  • Outline Dash: Here you can decide if your outline should be one consistent line, or if it should be dashed. Play around to see what works best for your map. As you can see in the GIF above, dashed lines look better when you use a small line width.

You can also click on the blue switches left of "Fill" and "Outline" to switch off the fill and the outline completely. If you make both fill and outline invisible with the switches, the whole marker will become invisible.

At the bottom right, you have the option to show " more options". Click on it to enable two more features: 

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How to change the name displayed in the list

If you click on "more options" in either the line marker or the area marker settings, you'll see the option to see a marker name. This name won't be displayed in the map – it's just there to let you organize and recognize your markers better in the marker list. 

Since the marker name has no consequences whatsoever on the map and its appearance,  you can ignore it if you only have a few markers.

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The line/area looks incomplete? "Show exact line/area" can help

The second setting in the "more options" is a switch to "show exact line" (or "show exact area", if you're styling an area marker).

If you're happy with the appearance of your area/line, you can ignore this setting.

Here's why this setting exist: We automatically simplify all imported lines & areas by 30%. That helps to make the map faster for your reader. And in most cases, the difference between a simplified and non-simplified area/line is not visible. But we found that 30% simplification can be too much for very small line or area parts (like tiny islands). So if you miss certain elements on the map, try to turn on this setting. 

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