Page Layouts

Using templates to create layouts in ArcGIS Pro is a great way to have a map ready to go quickly.

ArcGIS Pro allows users to apply pre-formatted map templates to easily create print-ready maps. The use of templates dramatically speeds the job of the GISS allowing them to apply legends, scale bars, graticules, and other STANDL elements to their map. Using templates allows the GISS to provide a quicker standardized product to the firefighters.

Job Aids

Page Layout Templates

The Pro Project Template includes preconfigured layouts for the most common page sizes, which are already tied to the included map view.

All the text elements in these layouts are dynamic. The project specific items (Title, Date, and Operational Period, Author) are sourced from map view metadata, while incident-wide elements (Incident Name, Incident ID, Current Acreage) are sourced from the DynamicTextUpdate table in the other_incident_data GDB. This should further reduce time spent updating daily products.

Creating a New Incident Product

After using Save As to create a new Master Project from the Pro Project Template, repairing the Event layer paths to the Master Incident GDB, and adding any necessary ancillary data, and otherwise configuring the map view as desired, a layout can be selected for the product.

  1. From the Contents pane in the Catalog view, open the project Layouts. Select the appropriate size and orientation for the product.
    Contents pane with Layouts highlighted and Layout_11x17_Port_Sidebar selected.
  2. Activate the map frame from the Layout ribbon and zoom or pan to the area of interest. This can be done a number of ways including manually, Zoom to Layer, a Bookmark, and Zoom/Pan to Feature. Double-check the scale is correct for the product.
    Layout ribbon, Activate button highlighted.
  3. Close the Activation when the map displays the desired area at the appropriate scale.
    Close Activation Map button.
  4. From the Catalog view, right-click the map view and select Edit Metadata.
    Catalog pane. Edit Metadata selected.
  5. Enter the map title under Title.
    Enter the Date and Operational Period under Summary.
    Enter the author name or initials under Credits.
    Map Properties window. Metadata selected Title, Summary, and Credits populated and highlighted.
  6. Click Apply to save the changes.
    Metadata tab, Apply button selected.
    The Layout may need to be refreshed for the text to update.
    Layout title box template.
    Layout title box populated with incident information.
  7. If the Acres and Acres Effective Date are incorrect, this and any other projects should be closed and the DynamicTextUpdate table should be edited from the Edit Project.
  8. Make any final adjustments to layout elements:
  • Add a Team logo.
  • Move or resize the Legend.
  • Adjust the scale bar.
  • Etc.

Create Different Size or Area of the same Product

Once a product has been created at one size, to recreate it with different dimensions simply open the desired layout size and follow the same steps.

To create the same product in multiple areas, make a copy of the layout and activate the map frame to set the new area and scale.

All the map elements (symbology, annotation, basemaps, etc) will be the same because all the layouts are tied to the same map view.

All the text elements will be identical and prepopulate because they are all tied to the same dynamic settings.


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