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Capital City Symbol

edited September 16 in Community Support

Hi, I am looking for a capital city symbol like this one from CA171 Structures but in black:

I have had a look through all the symbol catalogs and all the others which come close all have the dot within the circle i.e without the star.

A few questions:

  1. Does anyone know of a symbol like above that exists (in black or varicolor) in one of the catalogs and if so which one?
  2. Is there a way to possibly convert that symbol into a varicolor symbol?
  3. Is there a simple way to make such a symbol myself within CC?

Thank you everyone. :)


  • MonsenMonsen 🖼️ 46 images Cartographer Administrator

    While that symbol is a raster symbol, it is really just some simple geometric shapes. You should be able to easily enough draw that yourself using the circle and polygon tools in CC3+ and define it as a vector symbol. The user manual goes through symbol creation on page 75 if you're unsure of that part.

  • Thanks Remy, i will give that a go. :)

  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 35 images Cartographer ProFantasy
    edited September 16

    Hi hsv :)

    Here is a show and tell thing I was working on when Remy posted above. I had taken a bit of time, so I decided to post it anyway.

    I also realised when I checked the Tome reference that I had made a couple of mistakes. You are supposed to draw the drawing on the COMMON sheet, and the SYMBOL DEFINITION layer, rather than drawing it on random sheets and layers as I did.)


    Turn the snap grid on, place the symbol to copy, and draw the inner circle in black.

    Set a line width greater than zero (but not too large) and draw the outer circle.

    Right click the polygon tool and pick the Regular Polygon option. Set the number of sides to 5 and use an alternative colour and the same centre point to draw a pentagon in the inner circle. Release the Snap option and turn on Attach. Use a third colour to draw the star in the middle by attaching the points to the corners of the pentagon.

    This will leave you with more of a pattern than a star, but you can use this as a guide to make the star.

    The easiest way is to delete the pentagon, explode the star, and use the resulting set of 5 separate lines and the F5 and F6 snaps to draw the star.

    You can see where to pick and delete the guidelines from under the newly drawn star where the white lines are in the last image. This was just after I had deleted mine and before refreshed the screen. Change the star to white, and then you have something similar to the original symbol, though it will lack the translucent white outer ring.

    To turn this into a vector symbol pick Define Symbol from the Symbol Manager menu, select the new drawing and D for do it.

    (I've turned my window a random colour so I can see what I'm doing a bit better here. That's an option in the View menu, but you will have to turn it back to white when you are done - colour 15).

    Also notice above that I have clicked the Symbols In Map button on the left beneath the Options... button in the catalogue panel to show the symbols used in the map. This is where the newly created symbol will appear when it's done.

    When you hit D for Do It, you will get this dialog. Leave the settings as they are and give it a name. I usually stick pretty close to the original while also making it clear this is a vector drawing copy.

    When you OK this dialog both it and the drawing you just made will vanish. Don't panic. Just click the Symbols in Map button again and scroll down to where you will find the new symbol you just made.

    Then you will be able to pick the symbol and paste it wherever you like.

    A newly created vector symbol like this one can be saved in a catalogue to make it available in other maps. I recommend saving it in a new catalogue next to all the other catalogues in the style's Symbols subfolder. Like this.

    I hope that helps.

  • WOW! @Loopysue thank you!!! I will still go through the steps and visit that page that Remy mentioned but that is awesome. Thank you very much for that.

  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 35 images Cartographer ProFantasy

    You're welcome.

    Don't forget to draw everything on the right sheet and layer ;)

  • Thank you @Loopysue 😄😄😄😄 I made them into a varicolor symbol so now can have them any colour I like!

    Thank you again. I need to look at the tome more before asking questions too.

  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 35 images Cartographer ProFantasy

    That's awesome. Well done :D

  • jslaytonjslayton Mapmaker Moderator, ProFantasy

    I do recommend avoiding the "COMMON sheet" if at all reasonable to do so. COMMON isn't really a sheet and there have been cases where putting things on COMMON caused misbehavior with certain tools. Those cases should have been resolved, but there may still be other things lurking around the edges, just waiting for their chance.

  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 35 images Cartographer ProFantasy

    I think we need to update the Tome, in that case, since that is the sheet specified in the instructions Joe.

  • jslaytonjslayton Mapmaker Moderator, ProFantasy
    edited September 16

    What was good practice for CC2 may not be quite as good of a practice for CC3+. In future versions, COMMON may not be available at all...

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