How to Import a Shape File and Create a Styled Thematic Choropleth Map
Choropleth maps show linked
data as colours. They are shaded in using one colour, where the darker shades represent high
numbers and the lighter shades represent low numbers. A choropleth
map needs a key to explain what the different shades mean. They differ from a heatmap because the
shading occurs within geographic boundaries, whereas a heatmap doesn’t utilise
In this guide we’ll show you how to import a shape file and create a styled
thematic choropleth map in just a few clicks. We’ll use a working example,
using this Kilcullen Shp file.
Time to complete: 10 mins.
1. Getting started
1.1 Download files
1.2 Import layer
1.3 Create map
your new map
style to map
1. Getting started
1.1. Download files
Download the required files: Kilcullen Shp file
1.2. Import layer
Login to your account and navigate to the DATA CATALOG page.
Click CREATE DATASET button.
This will automatically bring you to
the first step of the CREATE DATASETS wizard.
Choose IMPORT LAYER from the options, then press the NEXT button.
Selected the files or drag and drop onto the IMPORT window
All of the settings will be automagically set based on the internal
details of the shape file:
These options are:
- Desired layer name
Select SAVE and wait for completion (should take a few seconds).
1.3. Create map
Upon successful import, a button appears which short-cuts adding the
layer to a map (it automatically creates a map for the layer).
2. Styling your map
2.1. Create new style
Your new map will have the default style applied - To edit the style
click on the legend icon in the layer tree in the top right of the map (circled
in red above).
In the styler wizard select the NEW STYLE
button, choose a name for your style and click save.
Select POLYGON THEMATIC STYLING from the ADD menu.
2.2. Configure thematic style
Select the attribute to style the map on from the ATTRIBUTE drop down
(for this layer choose zone_orig (this is the planning classifications for the
- Choose your colour scheme using the EDIT
button - Choose from the presets (I chose green to red) or select REFINE
to set your own.
- You can set opacity and stroke options in tab
- Tab 2 (data range) allows you to set
individual colours for each entry.
Click the 'OK' button and you will be presented with the auto-generated
rules for the thematic map. Each of the generated rules can be clicked to edit
individual settings (but we don't need to for this guide).
Click SAVE button to apply the style to the layer
2.3. Apply style to map
Select YES to overwrite.
That's it - Thematic map created in minutes.
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and click REGISTER.
Enjoy your new maps and thanks for reading the guide.