FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Customizing Microsoft PowerPoint Maps for Windows or Macintosh
Yes, our maps can be completely edited in all versions of PowerPoint, including the newest version. Every state, county, country or text block is an individual editable element. They can be colored, customized, move or deleted elements as you want. PowerPoint has a very nice collection of editing and drawing tools, located along the top of your screen.
Our PowerPoint maps also edit very nicely in Google Slides, which is part of free Google Docs online program. If you have a Gmail account you have Google Slides. Our maps also work very nicely in Apple Keynote which is Apple’s answer to PowerPoint. Most of the editing tools are at the top or on the right side. Click here for more instructions.
All of our PowerPoint maps have individual elements that can be colored or moved or changed to highlight a section.
1. Click on the element: state, county or country, with your cursor to select it. You will see eight little white boxes or handles around the outside of the map to tell you it is selected.
2. When the element you want to change is selected, look up at the top of the slide in the Ribbon area and CLICK on SHAPE FILL. The one with the paint bucket, and choose a color. In the Ribbon area you can also change lines, add drop shadows, edit or add text.
Accordion Content1. Holding down the SHIFT key allows you to select several states at the same time. Using your Cursor, click on the states you want to move.
2. Once you have the states selected, release the SHIFT key and while still holding down the Mouse Button drag the selected items away from the main map.
3. These states can now be customized using the tools in the DRAWING TOOL BAR, you can change color, or line weight or fill pattern
4.To keep this selection together after you have customized it you should GROUP them. You might need to reselect if you don’t see the little handles. Right Click on PCs or hold down the Control Key on Macs and Click on the selected states and choose GROUP from the pop-up menu.
To enlarge a single state select it with the cursor. Place your cursor over one of the corner handles of the selected map. Click on the handle, hold down the mouse button and drag in a 45-degree diagonal motion, the map will enlarge. Holding down the SHIFT key, will keep the map proportional as you change its size.
To enlarge several states or counties you need to GROUP them together.
1. Hold down the Shift key and using the pointer Click on the states you want to enlarge together.
2. Once the states are selected Right Click on PCs or hold down the Control Key on Macs and Click on the selected states and choose GROUP from the pop-up menu.
3. You will now see just 8 handles on your selected group. Place your pointer over one of the lower left or right corner handles. Click, and hold down the mouse button and drag the handle in a diagonal 45-degree direction. This will enlarge the group. Release your mouse button when you have the correct size. Pulling out, the group will enlarge, moving in towards the center it will reduce. Holding down the SHIFT key will keep things proportional.
4. Text elements will need to be re-adjusted manually, they will move to the correct place but in PowerPoint they do not scale up or down. If you double Click on them you can move them where needed. The text can be resized using the Font Tools along the top of the screen.
Select the state or country with the pointer. You will see the little handles around it to tell you it is selected. Select a color from Shape Fill in the Tool Bar along the top of the slide.
PowerPoint isn’t really a drawing program but we have found a fairly effective way of doing this. PowerPoint doesn’t have any way of cutting an object’s outline. What we are really doing is creating a second map with the new territory, giving is a second color and laying it on top of the original map. To the viewer it looks like we have split the state into two areas. In reality it is two maps on top of each other. We have two ways of doing this and have videos in the Instructional Videos area on how to do it.
• First way is to duplicate the state maps and then use the edit points feature of PowerPoint to nibble away part of the map. Once complete we fill it with a second color. Basically, you are laying a partial state outline with a second color on top of the original. This method works best on more complicated outlines like California.
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• Second way is to trace the outline of the map you want to split and fill it with a second color. This method works great with simpler outlines like New Mexico or Colorado.
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The drawing tools are located in the SHAPES option in the DRAWING TOOL BAR at the top of your slide. In SHAPES look for LINES, the second row down, I like the FREE FORM LINE tool best. The second from the right end. With this line tool selected you can now trace over the map making a complete closed path by clicking on the corners, point by point. Bring the line back to the beginning point and give two quick clicks and you will have an object that can be filled with a new color.
To make this easier locate the Zoom Slide in the lower right-hand corner of the slide and select 300 or 400% so you can really see what is going on. If you need to you can adjust the points, select the new object with your pointer, right click or on a Mac, Control Click and choose EDIT POINTS from the popup menu. Also make sure SNAP TO GRID, located in View > Guides> SSNAP TO GRID is not checked. This method isn’t perfect but will work pretty well and allows you to set up the partial territories.
If you are using the EPS Adobe Illustrator version of our maps you can use the SCISSORS tool and cut the border and then rejoin the lines giving you two halves.
One possible way to highlight a city would be to put a circle or box or custom shape around or near it.
Look in the SHAPES menu in the Drawing Tool Bar at the top of the slide. PowerPoint gives you lots of pre-drawn shapes from boxes, to arrows, to stars, many different kinds. Select the SHAPES menu and choose one of the categories and then one of the shapes.
Select your shape and take your pointer and click on the slide, hold and drag to generate the shape. Dragging allows you to make it bigger or smaller, holding down the SHIFT Key keeps it proportional. Once it is drawn you can change the fill color or pattern or no fill at all, just an outline, and then move it where you want. You may need to put it in front of, or behind another object. This is done by using the ARANGE option in the Drawing Tool Bar. You can Send to Front, Send Backward, etc.
Accordion ContentYes, PowerPoint has an excellent collection of stars, arrows, circles, etc, that you can use to highlight office locations.
Look in SHAPES in the Drawing Tool Bar at the top of your slide. PowerPoint gives you lots of pre-drawn shapes from boxes, to arrows, to stars, many different kinds. Select the SHAPES menu and choose one of the categories and then one of the shapes.
Take your pointer and click, hold and drag to generate the shape, dragging allows you to make it bigger or smaller, holding down the SHIFT Key keeps it proportional. Once it is drawn you can change the fill color or pattern or no fill at all just an outline, and then move it where you want.
- Google Slides
- Apple Keynote
- Adobe Illustrator
General Questions About Our Maps
We are a graphic design firm specializing in business graphics. We sell all our products on the Internet. Offering a variety of downloadable clip art map collections. All maps were hand drawn and based on USGS, US Defense and CIA map collections. We continue to update and add to the collection.
You get access to the entire collection of editable PowerPoint and Adobe Illustrator clip art maps. This is a one-time fee for our royalty free maps. Our maps can be used for commercial and non-commercial purposes. You have the right to use them in print, media, video, educational and web. Maps download to your computer.
Yes. All of our orders go through our provider’s secure server. If you are at all uncomfortable with putting your payment over the web we will gladly process your order over the phone by calling (781) 492-0742. We accept American Express, VISA, MasterCard and checks. We currently use Gumroad.com to take orders and deliver purchases. https://gumroad.com/products/Ocakh/
We currently use Gumroad.com to take orders and deliver purchases. Our collections are compressed into a Zip file and download from a link after you have made your purchase. You will also receive an email with that link and a receipt.
You will receive an email receipt from Gumroad.com. Any problems, please contact World of Maps.
Yes we do. Our maps download as Zip files. If they don’t automatically uncompress, click on the file and it will open. Your maps will be in a separate folder. Files download to where every you have specified files to go. Often to a download folder.
Accordion ContentYou will receive an email receipt from Gumroad.com. Any problems, please contact World of Maps.
Accordion ContentYes. Just call, 781-492-0742 or contact us by e-mail and let us know the problem. We guarantee 100% satisfaction, or your money back.
Using Our Maps
Please select one of the map icons on the home page. This will take you to picture directories and samples to review.
Yes, our PowerPoint and Adobe Illustrator/EPS maps are very flexible and can be easily edited. Each element is a separate object that can be customized. The PowerPoint maps are regular PowerPoint slides. Each map is made of individual elements that can be filled with color, pulled out to highlight an area and/or customize using all of the drawing tools along the top of your slide window. You can edit Adobe Illustrator/EPS maps in Adobe Illustrator. The JPG maps are bitmap graphics and can be edited in Adobe PhotoShop, PaintBrush or similar applications.
All available map download in a series of zip files.
POWERPOINT maps are for PC/Windows or Macintosh PowerPoint from Microsoft. Our PowerPoint maps are full normal PowerPoint slides with the map in the slide. Maps download as a Zip file once you have purchased them. The file should open but it doesn’t click on it to decompress. Your maps will be in the folder that appears.
Once the map has downloaded to your hard drive they opened just like any normal PowerPoint file. You can click on the PowerPoint file or select Open from the File pull-down menu in the program. The elements in the maps are ready to edit and change. Just select them with the pointer and choose some task from the Ribbon Drawing bar along the top of the slide.
Our PowerPoint maps also work very well with Google Slides and Apple Keynote. You will need to upload the PowerPoint map to Google Slides. Go to File > Import Slides > Upload. For Keynote go to File > Open and navigate to your PPT slide.
On some of our map elements have been grouped together to make the map easier to deal with. To edit these maps, you need to SELECT the group with your pointer and then ungroup it using the UNGROUP command. Right Click on PCs or hold down the Control Key on Macs and Click on the selected states and choose UNGROUP from the pop-up menu. You can also double click on the map element without ungrouping. Deselect the map and you can now customize any element.
Adobe Illustrator/EPS maps for both the Mac and PC opened from inside Adobe Illustrator.
JPG maps will work just fine after downloading if you use the PLACE or INSERT GRAPHICS commands to put these files into your document. To customize open in Photoshop, PaintBrush or similar. Use the OPEN command
Yes. After the files are opened in PowerPoint or an illustration/drawing program, the maps can be edited. Every element is a separate object and can be customized to fit your needs. You can edit your Adobe Illustrator/EPS maps in Adobe Illustrator or programs that open Illustrator files. The PowerPoint maps are full PowerPoint files with individual elements that are completely editable. You can also customize our maps in Google Slides and Apple Keynote. To customize use the drawing tools along the top of your slide.
JPG maps are bitmapped graphics. They can be edited in programs like Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Paintbrush.
Yes we do. Our maps come in PowerPoint format for PC/Windows or Macintosh PowerPoint. Every county is an individual element that can be customized and colored for your sales presentation. Our county maps come with text names that can be deleted if you want. The PowerPoint maps come two ways; each state with all of the counties enlarged to fit a slide and also a set that can be fitted back together to build regional state areas with their counties.
We also offer Adobe Illustrator/EPS maps. They work on both Macintosh and PC. Every county is an individual element that can be customized and colored for your sales presentation. Our county maps come with text names that can be deleted if you want. The Illustrator counties can be fitted back together to form regional areas.
In addition, we have a complete National County Map in both PowerPoint and Adobe Illustrator with all 50 states and over 3,000 counties.
No we do not. All maps download from the web.