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Add points to a web map, Part 2: create a style

This is the second in a series of tutorials that will teach you how to add points to a map using the Mapbox Studio dataset editor, the Mapbox Studio style editor, and Mapbox GL JS. Part 2 focuses on the Mapbox Studio style editor. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a new style using one of the Mapbox default styles, add a tileset as a layer, style that layer, and publish your style.

Getting started

There are a few resources you will need in order to follow along with this guide:

  • Tileset. You will need a tileset containing 10 Chicago parks. You can learn how to create this tileset in Add points to a web map, Part 1: create a dataset.
  • Custom icon. This tutorial uses a custom icon to indicate the location of the parks. You will need to download the SVG icon to use in your style.

Download SVG icon

Add data to a style

Web maps are made up of map tiles. To add your data to a web map, it needs to be cut up into tiles so the data can be displayed at various zoom levels. In Mapbox maps, the collection of tiles your data is cut up into is called a tileset. In Add points to a web map, Part 1: create a dataset, you converted a dataset into a tileset in order to add it to a new map style.

Create a new style

After finishing Add points to a web map, Part 1: create a dataset, create a new style:

  1. On your Styles page in Mapbox Studio, click New style.
  2. Choose the Basic template style, name your style “Chicago Parks,” and click Create.
  3. The style editor will automatically open.

Create a new layer

Welcome to the Mapbox Studio style editor! Here you will add your tileset as a new layer in the style:

  1. When the style editor opens, click + Layer in the upper left.
  2. Next to Source, click on the box, search for your chicago-parks tileset, and click the name of the tileset to add it as the source for the layer.
  3. Select the Symbol layer option so you can create a layer with markers.
  4. Click Create layer.

animated gif illustrating how to create a new layer

Style a layer

In the Mapbox Studio style editor, you can specify the style properties of each layer, including the layers in the Mapbox default styles and any layers you’ve added with custom data. For this example, you will style a symbol layer. You can style symbol layers with both text and icons.

Style as a symbol layer

  1. Click on the chicago-parks layer you created in the layer list on the left side of the style editor.
  2. When the style panel opens, click the Style tab if you’re not already there.
  3. Click the Icon sub tab.
  4. Click in the text field below Image.
  5. Click the Manage Icons option in the bottom left corner.
  6. This opens the Manage style images option in the debug panel.
  7. Click the Upload an SVG Image button to and choose the marker you downloaded at the beginning of this tutorial from your files.
  8. Once the icon has loaded, choose it from the list. You should now see the marker icon appear on all of your points.
  9. If you would like to show all markers, even if they overlap, click on the Placement tab to turn Allow icon overlap on.

animated gif illustrating how to style a symbol layer

Publish a style

Now that you have finished styling your map, you need to publish your style in order for those changes to be live on the web.

  1. Click the Publish style button in the top right of the editor.
  2. A window will pop up asking you to review your changes.
  3. Click Publish.
  4. Then, click Share, develop, & use your style.

animated gif illustrating how to publish your style

Share, develop, and use

The Share, develop, and use page contains the resources you need to publish your style in a web app, mobile app, or with another third party tool.

Share a style with others

The Share section contains a share URL that allows you to easily share a preview of your style with others.

Use with Mapbox GL JS

The Develop with this style section contains the style URL for your “Chicago Parks” style and the access token for your Mapbox account. You will need both of these to create an interactive map with Mapbox GL JS in the next section.

Next Steps

Head to Add points to a web map, Part 3: add interactivity to add popups with information about each park to your map using Mapbox GL JS.