Purpose: to experience production flow in a digital environment, learn how to accomplish design objectives using CorelDraw, practice the principles of generalization, and complete a compilation including proofing and printing. Data Source: 1:2,000,000 digital data from the National Atlas (Geomatics Canada). These data files were projected and saved as dxf (AutoCad) vector files. There were six files: the graticule, the provincial boundary, the Newfoundland coast, the Quebec coast, the Newfoundland inland hydrography, and the Quebec inland hydrography. The files were subjected to an automatic point reduction routine to simplify the data. They were then imported separately onto four layers of a cdr graphic and some manual generalization has already been performed. Important hint: to obtain degree sign (º), use the numbers pad at the right of the keyboard and type the numerical code 0186 while holding down the Alt key. 2. Copy the neatline to your frame layer. Make this layer active and enlarge the rectangle by dragging the corner handle. Hold down the Shift key while dragging to enlarge it from the centre out. Adjust the size of the frame to 14x21 cm using Transformations … size (see Arrange menu). Lock this layer. 3. Enable edit across layers and Select all (from Edit menu). Reduce in size using Transform … scale. Input the same value for horizontal and vertical scaling as a percentage. Through trial and error, find a value that will reduce the map detail, including the neatline, to a size that fits into the frame leaving a reasonable margin for labelling the graticule. Adjust all upwards by a) dragging with the mouse while holding down the Control key to constrain the movement to vertical only or b) using Transform ... position and inputting a value for Vertical only, this will give you a wider margin at the bottom for the scale bar and map title. Turn off edit across layers. The line weights should be set as follows: coastline and large islands .35 to .5 mm, drainage and smaller islands .3 to .45 mm, provincial boundary .6 to .75 mm, graticule .15 mm, neatline .2 or .25 mm, frame .35 to .6 mm. Mask the linework where it runs underneath a name and interferes with legibility by either a) erasing a portion of the feature with the eraser tool or b) creating a small polygon over the relevant section of the feature, giving it no outline and a white fill, and shifting it below the text (Shift + Page Down). It is not necessary to mask the lines of latitude and longitude which are very fine lines but place the text carefully so that it is clearly legible. 1. Place vertical guidelines to intersect the meridians 63º and 64º at 58º30’ N latitude (halfway between 58º and 59º). 2. Draw a straight line from guideline to guideline using the Freehand tool and holding down the control key to constrain it to the horizontal. (Do this off the map, i.e., above or below). 4. The length of the line in map units (cm) = 58.2 km (ground units). Use this equation to obtain the length of a line in map units which represents 100 km in ground units. (Note that you may not obtain the same solution for your map as your neighbour does for theirs). 5. With the rectangle tool, draw a flattened rectangle with no fill. Mirror it to the right using Transformations … scale and mirror as many times as you want divisions in your scale bar. Give every other rectangle a solid fill. Group and resize lengthwise to represent 100 km. Delete the original line and label the scale bar. Group the labels with the bar so that they may be moved around together. Source.

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