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In this video, we will learn how to split a state map in half. This will be a two-part video. In Part 1, I’ll be using the Edit Points feature of PowerPoint. And in Part 2, I’ll show you a simple tracing technique. Depending on the complexity of the map border that you are splitting will determine which option to use.
Our maps are easy to customize for your sales, marketing, or educational presentations or projects. Every object in one of our maps is an independent individual object that can be customized. The techniques shown here also work with Google Slides and Apple Keynote.
One of the most common questions we get is how to split a state in half. Usually around setting up a sales territory map. One salesperson has the northern half and another has the southern. In a previous video, I showed you how to build a sales territory map. Creating a Sales Territory Map Link Here
Splitting a State
For this training, we will be using our USA 50 State map and splitting the state of California.
PowerPoint isn’t really a drawing program like Adobe Illustrator. We can’t cut a line. But we have figured out a good workaround that gives the appearance of splitting a state map without actually splitting it. What we are really doing is adding a partial piece of the individual state on top of itself. We make a second map that has the new area and sit it on top of the base map. To the viewer, it looks like the state has been split in half. In reality, there are two maps on top of each other. Each is filled with its own color.
So pretty easy. Select your state, copy it, and paste it off on the side. Hold the Control Key down and click your mouse or right-click your mouse. Choose Edit Points and start nibbling away. When done give the new section a different color and place it on top of the existing base map.