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Graticule around irregular shape

September 26 2010 | 0 comments
Categories: Page Layout

I was just wondering if it is possible to generate a graticule around an irregular shaped polygon?

Mapping Center Answer:

Yes, you can do this -- it is a two step process. 1) clip the data frame to a shape, and 2) add the graticule to the data frame. 

Since the graticule is a property of the data frame, the first thing you need to do is get your data frame to have the shape you want.  You can do this by clipping the extent of the data frame to a shape of your choice - there are multiple options for specifying the shape, including but not limited to a polygon in a feature class, all the polygons in a feature class, or a shape that you draw using the tools on the Draw toolbar.  Follow the instructions in the clipping the data frame online help topic to clip the data frame. 

Once the data frame is clipped, you can simply add the graticule as you would to any other data frame -- it will respect the new extent and shape of the data frame.  I have attached a graphic of an example in which the data frame is clipped to the extent of the state of Oregon and then the graticule is added to the data frame.

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