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Creating New Map Symbols

February 07 2012 | 4 comments
Categories: ArcGIS Methods, Symbology

I need to create a new symbol to represent an archaeological site boundary and don't know how to create one. The only thing that needs to be changed is the outline. I'd appreciate any help you can offer.

Mapping Center Answer:

The suggested procedure is to find a line symbol (like you have already) in an existing style, then copy that symbol to either a new style, or your personal style under the same folder type. In this case, it is a symbol that you are copying from the line symbol folder of one style to another line symbol folder.

After you have copied the symbol, then access it's properties by right-clicking the symbol and clicking Properties. The Symbol Editor window will appear and you will see all the properties for that symbol. If it is a complex symbol, it may have more than one layer to create a patterned line. If it is a simple symbol, it may still have more than one layer, but likely it will be comprised of solid lines.

Choose the layer of the symbol you want to modify and make your changes in color, width, offset, etc. Remember to save your symbol to the style so you can choose it when you want to use it in ArcMap.

Here is the online help topic for Modifying and saving symbols.

Creating New Map Symbols Response posted by Nancy Army on Feb 7 2012 11:30AM
Thanks for the information. My trouble is that the line style I need to use doesn't exist in ESRI's style pallet. How would I create something that isn't in any of the style pallets?
Explore the existing styles first posted by Jaynya Richards on Feb 7 2012 11:45AM
Try starting out by seeing if there is a line symbol that is close to what you want in any of the Esri styles. Then follow the procedure above. Then if you hit a stopping point, let us know and we'll get you through it.
creating new map symbols posted by jorge aguilar on Jan 13 2013 9:35AM
I am using ArcGIS 10.0. Is there a method of using a point style on a line?
I need to create a boundary [line segment] with a font from a point style in "ESRI Geology AGSO 1".
thank you
picture marker symbol posted by Aileen Buckley on Jan 14 2013 11:49AM
What you are asking about is a picture marker symbol and, yes, you can make this in ArcMap. Here is a link to a blog entry that has more information about this as well as instructions and links to online help for making these types of symbols:

Hope this helps!

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