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line labels that break line and curved leadr lines

September 25 2008 | 0 comments
Categories: ArcGIS Methods, Cartographic Effects, Labeling, Symbology

The City of Portland bikeways map uses street labels that break the line it's on. Not sure how else to describe it but can it be done with an Arcview license?
ex Reno st in the upper left corner of the map.

also how do they make the curved leader arrow lines like Hayden Meadows Dr?



Mapping Center Answer:

There are a couple of way so to do this, manually with an ArcView License, or automated, but that requires an ArcInfo License.

First note that the bike map in the URL was pretty like a hand-done affair in terms of setting up which text would be on which roads and when/where to knock out those roads.

The solution is using Variable Depth Masking, which uses a polygon layer that is not drawn to knock out the symbols from one or more layers (that you select).  What most people don't realize is that while you can use the Feature Outline Masks tool, which requires an ArcInfo License, to create the masking/knockout polygons; you can also just manually create a polygon feature class and draw the masks where you want them yourself.  For a map like the Porland Bikeways, that would be less than an hour of work (if you're already comfortable with ArcMap's editing environment). 

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