Tutorial Introduction

The tutorial is designed to introduce basic Surfer features and should take less than an hour to complete. After you have completed the tutorial, you will have the skills needed to create maps in Surfer using your own data. The tutorial can be accessed in the program by clicking the button and navigating to the Tutorial book or by clicking Tutorials in the Welcome to Surfer dialog.


If you find you still have questions after you have completed the tutorial, you should consider reviewing the material in Surfer's extensive in-program help. The help is also available on the web.  The Golden Software website contains a knowledge base of questions and answers, an interactive forum, and training videos. Usually, the answers to your questions are found in one of these locations. However, if you find you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact Golden Software’s technical support team. We are happy to answer your questions before they become problems.


Tutorial Overview

The following is an overview of lessons included in the tutorial.


Starting Surfer

shows you how to begin a new Surfer session and open a new plot window.

Lesson 1 - Viewing and Creating Data

opens and edits an existing data file and creates a new data file.

Lesson 2 - Using the Map Wizard

creates a grid file, the basis for most map types in Surfer, and a map with contour, post, and color relief layers.

Lesson 3 - Changing Layer Properties

edits the contour, post, and color relief layer properties.

Lesson 4 - Modifying an Axis

edits the axis tick labels and axis title properties.

Lesson 5 - Creating a Profile

creates a profile line on the contour map and displays the profile.

Lesson 6 - Saving a Map

saves your map and all the information it contains to a Surfer .SRF file.

Lesson 7 - Creating a 3D Surface Map

creates and edits 3D surface map.

Lesson 8 - Adding Transparency, Color Scales, and Titles

changes the transparency of various objects, adds a color scale, and adds a map title.

Lesson 9 - Creating Maps from Different Coordinate Systems

loads multiple map layers from different coordinate systems and sets the target coordinate system for the entire map.



Advanced (optional) Lessons

Optional Advanced Tutorial Lessons are available to demonstrate additional features of Surfer.


A Note about the Documentation

Various font styles are used throughout the Surfer quick start guide and online help. Bold text indicates commands, dialog names, tab names, and page names. Italic text indicates items within a dialog or the Contents or Properties windows such as section names, options, and field names. For example, the Save As dialog contains a Save as type list. Bold and italic text may occasionally be used for emphasis.


Also, commands appear as Home | New Map | Contour. This means, "click or scroll to the Home tab at the top of the plot window, then click on the Contour command within the New Map command group." The first word is always the menu or ribbon tab name, followed by the command group, and finally the command name within the menu list or on the ribbon.


Sample File Location

The sample files used in the tutorial lessons are located in the Surfer SAMPLES folder. The SAMPLES folder is located by default at C:\Program Files\Golden Software\Surfer 16\Samples. Note, if you are running the 32-bit version of Surfer on a 64-bit version of Windows, the SAMPLES folder is located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Golden Software\Surfer 16\Samples, by default.


Topic Links

Click the Next and Back links at the bottom of each tutorial to browse through the tutorial lessons. The lessons should be completed in order, however, they do not need to be completed at one time. The advanced lessons are optional.


Next to Starting Surfer



See Also

Using Surfer

Surfer Flow Chart