Creating Selection Filters

Create an attribute selection

1.Create a new Adobe Illustrator document.

2.Import fcstreets.mif from the Tutorial Data folder. It is a line file depicting the major roads of Falls Church, Virginia.

3.Select fcstreets_line and click the MAP Selections button on the MAPublisher toolbar.

4.Click the Create New MAP Selection button at the bottom of the panel.

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5.In the Name box, type Route number. Leave the type as Attribute Selection.

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6.Click the Expression Builder button to open the Expression Builder dialog box.

7.In the Objects list, under the heading fcstreets_line, double-click Number so that it is entered into the expression entry box above. Click the equals (=) button and type "A25" (including quotes).

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information To view the unique values of a specific attribute column, click Display unique values under the Description box. Click a value to enter it into the expression entry box. It recognizes the attribute as a string and places quotations around the value.

8.Click OK to close the Expression Builder dialog box.

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The expression is valid.

9.Click Save. In the MAP Selection panel, click the Apply as New Selection button.

Lines corresponding to the selection parameters are selected and the MAP Selection is saved in the panel.

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10.Deselect all artwork and leave the document open for the next tutorial.

Create a spatial selection

11. In the MAP Selections panel, click the Create New MAP Selection button.

12. In the New MAP Selection dialog box, type Intersect Route A25 into the Name box. In the Type drop-down list, select Spatial Selection.

This spatial selection will select any roads that intersect with Route A25. Use the Attribute Selection that was created in the previous tutorial.

13. In the Use Spatial Properties From drop-down list, select Existing MAP Selection. In the frame below, the attribute selection Route Number is already chosen (because it is the only one).

14. Ensure that the Spatial Relationship drop-down list is set to Intersect and contain.

15. Uncheck the Do not select art on the same layer as the 'Use Spatial Properties From' art option.

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Since this spatial selection is selecting art on the one and only MAP layer, this option must be unchecked.

16. Make sure the dialog box matches the one above and click Save.

17. In the MAP Selection panel, click the Apply as New Selection button.

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Roads that intersect Route A25 are selected and the MAP Selection is saved in the panel.

18. Deselect all artwork and leave the document open for the next tutorial.

Create an art selection

19. Select all artwork on the fcstreets_line layer.

20. In the MAP Selections panel, click the Create New MAP Selection button.

21. In the New MAP Selection dialog box, type All routes into the Name box. In the Type drop-down list, select Art Selection and click Save.

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All selected roads are saved as a MAP Selection in the panel. Now use the MAP Selections panel controls to select subsets and add or remove selections altogether.

22. In the MAP Selections panel, select the Intersect Route A25 spatial selection and click the Remove from Current Selection button.

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All the roads that were based on the spatial selection are removed from the current selection.

23. Select the Route Number attribute selection and click the Add to Current Selection button.

Route A25 is added to the current selection. Experiment with different combinations to vary selections.

24. Close the document without saving.

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Last updated: 4/11/2019