Caliper Mapping and Transportation Glossary

DEFINITION

What is a map background?

When you create a map, you should give some consideration to the background of the map. Typically a map background is a solid color or a satellite image.

In general, when using images in the background, consider the following:

  • Details in satellite imagery tend to get lost at smaller scales, so limit their use to larger scale maps of a city or neighborhood
  • Satellite Images tend to have many contrasting colors that can make your map features and labels hard to see. Experiment with different levels of contrast or opacity so that the image does not interfere with the message that you are trying to convey
What is a map background/Map background definition: The background in this map is a satellite image thus providing additional points of reference

In this map, the image is displayed with 45% opacity so that the colors of the landmark areas show through and the customers, labels, buffers, and heat map are still legible.

Mapping Software

Maptitude Mapping Software gives you all of the tools, maps, and data you need to analyze and understand how geography affects you and your business. Maptitude maps can help you better understand how geography affects you and your business. Maptitude includes tools for accessing satellite imagery and allows you to set the contrast and opacity levels so that the images provide reference to your audience while not detracting from your message.

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