The Commons utility belt might not include a grappling Bat-claw, but we know our Mask Tool delivers some super-useful functionality to your map making experience.
The Mask Tool is a great way to create unique, focused maps which allow you to highlight specific areas of interest. Scroll through the following steps or watch the tutorial video at the end to create your own powerful data map.
Using the Mask Tool
Once you have created a map with the data you want to see, click on the Tools menu then select Mask Tool.
The entire map area will fade to ten percent transparency and you’ll see the Mask Tool functions open up on the right.
Select the geography you would like to see from the drop down box. Once you have chosen your geography, click on the specific area or multiple areas of the map you want to highlight.
If your populated map fills the view area without any sections masked, the geography you choose for your Area of Interest is larger than the view screen. Simply zoom out and then click on the area again to see the location highlighted.
Your Areas of Interest will show up in the box on the right and can be deleted individually as you continue to explore with the tool.
A slider, located above the Areas of Interest, allows you to control how opaque the masked area is in relation to your highlighted areas.
When you are done with the Mask Tool, click the X in the top right corner to return to the Tools menu. For tutorials on how to use the other tools, click on the question mark icon next to each option.
When you have your map in final format, don’t forget to save, share, or export your creation. Explore our Support page to learn more about all of the super tools Community Commons offers you.