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teardrop point symbols

August 03 2010 | 4 comments
Categories: Symbology

I would like to use teardrop point markers (similar to Google maps) in my map but I can't seem to find any.

Mapping Center Answer:

If you can find any teardrop graphic symbol that you want to use (e.g., on the internet or in some clip art), you can use it in ArcMap.  You simply have to save it to .emf or .bmp format and then reference that graphic image file when you edit the symbol as a picture marker symbol. Here are the steps...

...once you find a teardrop symbol you like, save it to a location on your computer that you will remember -- and be sure to save it as a .bmp or .emf file.  Then in the Symbol Property Editor for the symbol, change the Type to Picture Marker Symbol and then navigate to the location of the graphic image file. This will reference the graphic image file to create the marker symbol.

Note that once you reference the image to create the picture marker symbol, you do not have to save it anymore.  Note also that you can save the symbol you edited to your personal style if you want to use it again (click Save as.. from the Symbol Selector dialog.)

finding appropriate teardrop markers posted by Leitha Sackmann on Aug 4 2010 8:23AM
Thank you for your response.
I am having a hard time finding appropriate teardrop markers on the internet, however.
I would like to be able to select a color and also have the dot.
All I have found either do not have the dot, have numbers or letters. The one color that I did find did not display well in ArcMap after I converted it to bmp.
I was hoping that ESRI had something similar or would know where to get them.
Thank you in advance for any infomation you can provide.
Online posted by Aileen Buckley on Aug 4 2010 8:49AM
I found the symbol online at: http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/mapmaker/images/marker-noalpha.png. You woudl jsut ahe to convert it to an .emf or .bmp to use it on your map as a picture marker symbol.
teardrop with color changing capability posted by Leitha Sackmann on Aug 4 2010 9:22AM
Thank you, Aileen, but I do have that one. I can not change the color in the symbol properties with that one, however. Esri doesn't have a marker similar to this that can change colors easily?
You could make it in ArcMap posted by Aileen Buckley on Aug 5 2010 12:32PM
We don't have any of these symbols in our symbol sets right now. But you could make one if you wanted to by simply drawing it in ArcMap and then exporting the graphic as an image file. You could then change the color as you wish and then re-export the graphic again to make a different symbol.

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