Using the style editor

This page shows how to customize the style of map elements and features, using the style editor in the Google Cloud Console. In the style editor, you can customize styling for map features such as fill and outline color for map elements. You can control the visibility and density points of interest (POI), and apply styles by zoom level.

Your map style customizations always takes priority over any updates Google may make to your map style, such as updates to the default style of an industry-optimized map or the Google base map.

Customizing styling for map features

You can customize a feature's styling, such as a road's fill and outline color:

  1. Open the style editor by going to the Map Styles page in the Cloud Console, and either creating a map style or updating an existing map style.
  2. Select a feature to open up the Element type submenu. A style change to a parent feature also applies to its children. For example, customizations to the Road feature, also apply to its child features: Highway, Controlled access, Arterial, Local, Drivable, and Trail.
  3. To customize a feature, select the parent Geometry element. This opens the Stylers submenu.
    • Changing the color automatically selects the Color checkbox and applies your color customizations to the Geometry element and its child elements.
    • Toggle the visibility of elements, by selecting one of the following options:
      • Inherit (default): Element inherits parent customizations.
      • On: Overrides any inheritance, ensuring that the element will always be visible on the map.
      • Off: Overrides any inheritance, ensuring that the element will always be hidden.
  4. Select Save to save your changes. Your changes will not apply to any maps until you select Publish.