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I find myself often creating maps at work that are heavily annotated and I
use text halos to help with visual hierarchy. I have attached an example where
I want the a property  to be the most prominent
feature in a map with other annotation.



Unfortunately, my employer does not like haloed text and says it is unreadable.
So, I am searching for suggestions on what to use as an alternative. I would
prefer to not to use masking. I am also stuck using Arial font (I really tried
to convince my employer otherwise) so experimenting with other fonts is out of
the question.



Any suggestions would be appreciated.!



 

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Howdy All,



I find myself often creating maps at work that are heavily annotated and I
use text halos to help with visual hierarchy. I have attached an example where
I want the a property  to be the most prominent
feature in a map with other annotation.



Unfortunately, my employer does not like haloed text and says it is unreadable.
So, I am searching for suggestions on what to use as an alternative. I would
prefer to not to use masking. I am also stuck using Arial font (I really tried
to convince my employer otherwise) so experimenting with other fonts is out of
the question.


 

Any suggestions would be appreciated.!



 

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For what it's worth, I think those texts are perfectly fine and readable. You're referring to the white text with black outline, right?

 

One thing you can do is make the text labels a bit bigger. Another thing I've enjoyed a lot of succes with is using a white halo at about 50% transparency. If you do that right, you won't see the actual halo, but you will notice the labels standing out more. Desaturating the aerial photo might help a bit too, but you have to be careful with that since it's the main portion of your map.


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For what it's worth, I think those texts are perfectly fine and readable. You're referring to the white text with black outline, right?

 

One thing you can do is make the text labels a bit bigger. Another thing I've enjoyed a lot of succes with is using a white halo at about 50% transparency. If you do that right, you won't see the actual halo, but you will notice the labels standing out more. Desaturating the aerial photo might help a bit too, but you have to be careful with that since it's the main portion of your map.


 

Thanks for the reply! I agree that they are readable but I would rather continue receiving a paycheck than push the point :P .
 

I think your suggestion has me on the right path. I use Inkscape for design and, after playing with the blur and opacity of the halo, I think may have struck gold! The printed product looks nice, still has a pop but not too obvious. I appreciate the help.



 



 

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