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Plotting maps with marker representations

June 02 2011 | 0 comments
Categories: ArcGIS Methods, Cartographic Representations, Symbology

Once I converted symbology to representations they are not displaying nor plotting correctly. I've tried using different plotters and also exported the mxd to both pdf and tiff files. The pdf displays correctly on the screen, but fails to plot correctly. Attached is an example. Any ideas on how to solve this?

Mapping Center Answer:

This actually looks like an artifact of the process used to convert a "standard" marker (most likely character-based) into a representation marker (which are always vector-drawing-based). You should edit the representation marker using the representation marker editor and add back the missing cross if it is truly missing.

Note that another difference between the two symbols is the orientation of the symbols – the angles at which the symbols are displayed might be causing the cross to be "averaged out" at certain angles by raster resampling. You can try increasing the output image quality of your export, OR you can figure out why this layer is rasterizing and prevent it by reordering layers or removing the rasterizing symbology that may be above it in the TOC.

Here is a link to a Knowledge Base article that has to do the with issue of the output image quality:

http://support.esri.com/en/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/18082

Here is a Knowledge Base article that has to do with the rasterization issue and the image quality:

http://support.esri.com/en/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/17332 

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