YMP: Map Layout and Branding

Save time and effort by using these templates which contain symbols and colors that are intended to create a standard look and feel for the maps created through the YMP.

Folder with all the files (browsable).  Explanation of each file and its direct link are below.  

  • 4000Scale_YMP_BrandingOnly_OCADv10  This file is just the YMP additions (7 colors for the top of the color table and some handy layout symbols).  See the importing process below on how to “add” these to your existing map for both OCAD & OOM.
  • ISSprOM 4000 Symbols + YMP OCAD or ISSprOM 4000 Symbols + YMP OOM  These files have standard ISSprOM symbols (as defined by each program) with the YMP branding already imported.  There are some notes in the file on how to use these.  OCAD and OOM do have some subtle differences–they are not truly interchangeable without loss of drafting nuance (e.g. vertex types which affects trail dashes/gaps and tag lines (fences, earthen banks, cliffs), virtual cuts in lines, objects in different layers, etc).  So, go with the one that is native to your program for the least frustration.
  • 1000Scale_YMP_BrandingOnly_OCADv10  This file is just the YMP additions (7 colors for the top of the color table and some handy layout symbols).  All scaled for a 1:1000 map.  See the importing process below on how to “add” these to your existing map for both OCAD & OOM.
  • School-O Symbol Set  This file is just the 6 symbols that IOF added to ISSprOM for School-O for both OCAD & OOM.  See importing process below.  To ensure these are sized correctly, the map you import them to must be scaled 1:1,000 at import.  
  • ISSprOM + School-O 1000 Scale OOMThis is OOM “native” ISSprOM symbols, rescaled at 1000Scale, with symbols at 125% (per IOF School-O) plus the 6 “extra” School-O symbols.  If you are looking for the OCAD version, just use OCAD’s included School-O symbol set.
  • ISSprOM + School-O + YMP Symbol Set OCAD  or ISSprOM + School-O + YMP Symbol Set OOM  Again, go with the file that is native to your drafting program for the least frustration.  See comment above about interchangeability.
  • Instructions for “other” ISSprOM scales (1:3,000 through 1:5000) or School-O scales.  See the instructions down at the bottom of this page.

The layout and branding files should be imported into the OCAD files or OOM file, either ahead of starting to draft a map, or before starting with the final layout and branding of the final map. Instructions are below.

Importing some new symbols / colors (OCAD)

File->Import… [one of the above files] and then use the settings

OOM Import
OCAD Map Import

Importing some new symbols / colors (OOM) Truth in lending:  All YMP Committee members use OCAD as their primary program.  If you have a better method, please let us know:  ympcommittee@nullorienteeringusa.org

Open your existing map and open YMP template.  Select all the objects in the YMP template, Ctrl-C (copy) then go to your existing map file and Ctrl-V (paste).  This puts all your new symbols and colors into the existing map.  Unfortunately, all the colors are at the bottom of the color table.  So choose Symbols > Color Window, and move the 7 OUSA colors (Covering White 1, OUSA Red, … Covering White 2) to the top of your color table (keep the order they are in) using the arrows at the bottom.  

OOM – Importing Colors

The Orienteering USA-YMP logo, the 120 m scale bar, the “N” arrow tip, the Magnetic North and the disclaimer are all point symbols, all using the 3 OUSA branding colors (red, light and dark blue), plus black. The layout objects in these files can be scaled as necessary: in OCAD, use Symbol→Enlarge/Reduce.  In OOM: Right-click the symbol and choose Scale.  

The Text symbols are all Arial text symbols, in the 3 OUSA color, plus black, and can be duplicated and scaled as needed to create titles, copyright labeling and other information statements. An OUSA light blue line symbol can be used to create a frame while the blue double line frame symbol offers a guideline for the page size and for drawing the light blue border. The branding symbols further include an OUSA red line symbol for creating the red bar for the edge of the page facing North, as well as a Text symbol that can be used to write in white onto the red North border. This red bar is specified in the IOF rules for School Maps, but has also been recently used by some clubs and orienteering nations for other maps at smaller scales, including Sprint maps, in order to give competitors a visual aid to quickly identify North on a map.

Example of a 1:4000 map with OUSA YMP branding elements
Example of a 1:1000 map with OUSA YMP branding elements

After importing the OUSA layout and branding template and symbols into the OCAD or OOM file of a map, additional guidelines and layout info is available to the left of the map layout area:

1:4000 YMP branding symbols map file

Either duplicate the layout symbols or just move them into the map. When you are finished with the layout, remove the excess verbiage and symbols from the final map to be submitted.

Please don’t use the layout object layer of OCAD as it may not be compatible with OOM or older versions of OCAD. Put all layout objects and logos in the main symbol layer of OCAD.

Also, you may find that you have excessive symbol groupings in the symbol box area of your map file after the import (there will an error message if you run Map -> Optimize/Repair). Just use the following command to get rid of most of the excess: Symbol -> Remove Group Duplicates from Symbol Tree.

Some other layout suggestions:

  1. Put the OUSA logo near the bottom of the page and directly above the OUSA disclaimer text “OUSA makes no warranty…”
  2. Put the scale bar below the map with 2 magnetic north lines extended down to join the two ends with the scale numbers underneath (there should be no magnetic lines going through the numbers).
  3. The magnetic north arrow should be enlarged and placed so that magnetic north lines do not go through it.

How do I apply the YMP branding to scales other than the templates at 1:4,000 or 1:1,000?

Like every mapper, you were impatient and drafted a beautiful map and now you have to frame it, but the scale you are using differs from the template.  

Map geek aside:  The layout is tricky, because you want some symbols to remain fixed in size regardless of scale. Think 8pt font. If it becomes 16pt font, it will look like a nursing home map, right?  But, there are two tricky pieces: the outer frame (“paper size” for your scale) and the scale bar.  Outer frame you don’t want to scale the symbol (you want it to be 2mm thick regardless of scale), but you want to stretch/shrink the object to match paper size at the new scale.  And the scale bars give you a choice:  take up the same amount of paper space with new labels (real world numbers are different) or keep the same real world numbers and take up more/less paper space.  Ugh.

Many ways to do this.  Here’s one.

  1. Open the template.  Rescale to match your map’s scale, but DO NOT re-scale / reduce / enlarge symbols.  OCAD:  Map > Change Scale (Uncheck “Enlarge / Reduce Symbols)  OOM:  Map > Change Map Scale (Uncheck “Scale symbol sizes”)
  2. Fix the frame size but don’t mess with its symbol size. Select the pre-drawn frames (do them both at once), then: OCAD: Object > Stretch / Shrink and enter percent.  OOM:  Tools > Scale Objects and drag to match the percent you want.  What percentage do you want?  New scale / old scale.  Example 1:  New: 1:2,000, Old: 1:1,000.  Scale percent: 2000/1000 = 2.00 = 200%  Example 2:  New: 1:5000; Old: 1:4000.  5000/4000 = 1.25 = 125%
  3. Scale bar choices.  Try both choices and use the one that looks best or is the least amount of frustration.  OCAD:  Symbol > Enlarge/Reduce  (or right-click the symbol > Enlarge / Reduce)  OOM: Right-click the symbol > Scale
    1.  Unlabeled scale bar.  This bar now takes up a different amount of real world space, by the same factor/percent you just calculated.  Example 1:  Was 30m, now 30 x 2 = 60.  Example 2: Was 120m, now 120 * 1.25 = 156.25m.  Yuck, that won’t work.  In this case, redraw it or play with scaling the symbol to match the distance you want (hint:  1/1.25 will bring you back to 120m.  1/1.25 = 4/5 = 80%). With maps and scales, the answer is always Old/New or New/Old (and multiply or divide, depending what you chose).  
    2. Labeled scale bar.  You can scale this symbol, provided the pre-assigned numbers don’t get too small to read or too large to fit in (which happens with extreme scale changes, like 1,000 to 2,500).  
  4. Now, save your file as a re-scaled YMP Layout, and import it using the instructions above.  Viola.  If this isn’t working for you, reach out to YMP for troubleshooting help.

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