The Layer Settings page is the control center for managing and customizing layers in a GIS application. Here are some key functions it serves:
- Data Source and Type: Users can define the source of data for each layer. Whether it’s a shapefile, geo-database, or web service. They can additionally specify the type of layer, such as a point, line, or polygon layer, depending on the data being represented
- Layer Visibility: One of the fundamental aspects of layer management is controlling layer visibility. Users can toggle layers on or off to selectively display the information they need, making it easier to focus on specific aspects of the data.
- Styling and Symbology: GIS users can customize the display of data on the map through symbology and styling options. This includes defining colors, line styles, point symbols, and transparency settings. These customizations help convey information effectively.
- Labeling: Labels play a crucial role in map interpretation. Users can configure label settings on the Layer Settings page, specifying which attribute fields to use for labeling, and adjusting font, size, and placement options.
- Attribute Queries: Users can perform attribute queries within the Layer Settings page to filter and highlight specific features based on their attribute values. This functionality aids in data exploration and analysis.
- Scale Dependency: The Layer Settings page enables users to set scale-dependent rendering rules. This means configuring layers to show or hide features based on the map’s zoom level, optimizing performance and information presentation.
- Transparency and Blending: Users can adjust layer transparency to create visually appealing maps. Blending modes help emphasize relationships between different data layers.
- Sharing: Finally, users can export and share the customized layers they’ve created with others, ensuring that the GIS data and maps are accessible to the broader audience.