Area-value map or choropleth
Besides adding colors to your map manually, you can also create a choropleth: a map that uses differences in color gradients to indicate the range of values represented on the regions or states within your map.
This is also known as an area-value map. This can help you visualize your data based on the states or countries in the mapping spreadsheet. To do this:
- Enter your data in the spreadsheet (example shown here is Population by Country), then click "Data Visualization".
- Select your colors for the gradient. You'll need to choose a start color, first. Then the end color can be a lighter or darker shade of the start color: select the same start color and then click the "+" to open the color wheel and select a position in the color wheel for a different shade.
When the Area Value Map setting is toggled ON, you will need to choose which data you want to be represented. Then, the colors will accurately represent the column of data in your map's spreadsheet.
Colors for individual areas on the map cannot be changed because the gradient color will be automatically adjusted in that region, according to the column you chose to be represented in your area-value map. To select a color for a specific area, you’ll need to turn off ‘Area Value Map.’