How to create a data frame shape in a layout?
I want to create a shaped layout similar to the Alaska and Hawaii data frames in the attached bmp file stolen from the 2007 User Conference Proceedings CD (Slide 24 of Map Compilation and Page Layout Tips and Tricks). My map layout is shown in the example.jpg attached. I can clip each of the data frames in data view, but then the white space overlaps each other in the layout view.
Mapping Center Answer:
There are two things (at least) that will cause your topmost data frame to white out the portion of the data frame beneath it. First is if any layer in that topmost data frame uses transparency; one of the side-effects of transparency is that the data frame's background is forced to white. Second is that in the frame tab of the Data Frame Properties dialog, the background is to something other than "<None>".
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