Color Filled Wireframe

Wireframes do not allow you to create filled contours, but you can create a 3D wireframe and add a filled contour map layer. This allows you to create a filled contour wireframe. Usually, 3D surface maps are better for creating this type of map.

To create a filled contour map and overlay on a 3D wireframe map:

  1. Create a 3D wireframe map with the Home | New Map | 3D Surface | Wireframe command.

  2. Select the grid file and click Open.

  3. Click once on the wireframe map to select it.

  4. Click the Home | Add to Map | Layer | Contour command.

  5. Select the grid file and click Open.

  6. Click once on the contour map in the Contents window to select it.

  7. In the Properties window, click on the Levels page.

  8. Check the box next to the Fill contours option.

  9. Set any additional parameters for the contour map. The map will automatically update to display the changes.

  10. The result is a filled contour map draped over the 3D wireframe map. Since no hidden line removal is performed on the contour map, it may be necessary to adjust the tilt so all areas are visible. Select the Map Tools | View | Trackball command or right-click on the map and select Trackball. Set the desired orientation parameters for the 3D wireframe. Press the ESC key on your keyboard and the wireframe is redrawn at the orientation you specify.

  11. Alternatively, you can adjust the tilt, field of view, rotation, and projection values on the View page of the map properties.

See Also

3D Surface Map

Contour Map