The HERE Style Editor is accessible through HERE platform portal. If you have a platform account – just log in. If you do not have a platform account yet, follow this blog post to create one.
Once logged into HERE platform, ‘HERE Style Editor’ can be found on the launcher on the right side. The Style Editor currently has HERE base map styles – day and night – to start with. Select one of these and put on your creative hat!
The Style Editor application opens with the Modifiers panel. This provides quick control over common style attributes like hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, color tones, blending modes. Several types of map features like – roads, land use, water, buildings, POI, etc. – are accessible for color, width, or size changes. As you change certain values, observe that changes are immediately reflected on the map. If you are not sure where to start from, check out the Preset map styles on the top, and modify the attributes that you like. We have a few Presets in the initial version of the app, with more on the way.
The updates done through Modifiers panel are non-destructive, which means each modifier can be toggled off or continuously edited, allowing for rapid styling iteration. Modifiers act as overrides on top of your base style. You can apply your changes to set new base style values and continue using modifiers; or make more granular changes from the Attributes panel.
The Layer panel lists the data source in your map. Selecting a layer shows its default Attributes and gives more granular control. Attributes can have Single Value or Zoom Level values. Single values are static, such as a green color for Park polygons. Zoom Level values allow gradual change of values across zoom levels, such as line width, label sizes, transparency, or even a distinct color for features at different zoom levels.
You can select Attributes for a specific layer by clicking on the map and choosing the layer from the pop-up, also known as Map picking. Or you can enter a name in the search field to filter the Attributes panel.
With the HERE Style Editor, you can customize maps for your applications in just a few clicks. You can:
We would love to see your custom map designs. Leave us a comment or reach us on Twitter at @heredev to share your work.
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