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Get started with scenes

1. Choose global or local

You can choose to display 3D content within two different scene environments: a global scene or a local scene.

Learn more about global and local scenes

2. Switch basemap

A basemap provides a background of geographical context for the content you want to display in a scene. When you create a new scene, choose a basemap from the collection in the basemap gallery.

Learn more about switching basemaps

3. Add layers

Layers are the contents of your story. They can include topics related to people, the earth, life, and imagery. You can add your own layers and layers shared by others.

Learn more about adding layers

4. Configure content

Configure content to improve your scene visualizations and help better tell your story. Scene Viewer allows you to configure scene content such as point smart mapping styles in Configure Layer; underground navigation in Configure Ground; or scene background color in Properties.

Learn more about configuring content

5. Capture slides

Slides present specific views of your scene. Capture slides to preserve multiple views of the same scene.

Learn more about capturing slides

6. Save scene

Save your scene so you can return to it later and share it with others.

Learn more about saving scenes