Customizing Your Mind Map
Though Edraw has included as many examples as possible, some users are really creative when creating maps through Edraw Mind Map and need to customize their mind maps.
Apply Mind Map Themes
The simplest and fastest way to customize your mind maps is to apply one of the preset styles from the Mind Map Theme gallery. There are 10 themes in total for your option. These themes work magic on your mind maps. With just two clicks, a theme automatically enhances color, line style and more, in an instant.
1. Open the Map Theme Gallery from the Mind Map tab.
2. Select the Theme you prefer from the Gallery.
3. To change the color, use the Theme Color palette on Page Layout menu.
4. To change the shape fill pattern, go to Home -> Fill.
5. To change style of certain lines, go to Mind Map -> uncheck Lock Connector -> select target lines -> click Fill on Home menu.
Insert Symbols or Clipart to Customize Mind Maps
Along with the mind map library, the Symbols library also shows after you open Mind Map template.
- Click the Symbols title to use the built-in symbols.
- From the Symbols library, drag the symbol you need into the target mind map shape.
- Release the mouse when an orange box shows around the shape.
Some symbols can be easily edited. You can change their styles as you like. For example, you can change the percentage of Dynamic Progress through the floating action button. As for the Numbers symbol, you can double click it to change the number in it.
Add Boundaries to Customize Mind Map
In complex mind maps, the mind map itself might get a little messy. To solve this problem, you can add new and fully customizable boundaries around a group of shapes. In this way, your mind map will be more structured and difference between different topics can be clearer just like the following example.
There are many options to achieve this purpose. The first way is to use a predefined shape to cover a group of mind map shapes. Let's take Market Research Mind Map as an example. See how to do it from the illustrations below.
Another way is to use Pencil Tool. It helps you add free form boundary at your own will.
To see more detailed explanation of how to use pencil tool, go to Drawing with the Pencil Tool.