How to create transparent text in ArcMap
There does not appear to be a way to make a label or graphic text transparent. I can convert the labels to annotation and then make the annotation transparent. The problem with that is the other labels then draw on top of the transparent annotation and obscure it, defeating the whole purpose of making the text transparent. How can I create transparent text that is drawn on top of all features and labels?
Mapping Center Answer:
You're on the right track. Your annotation should be acting as a barrier to other labels by default. If you're using Maplex make sure you're not using the "Never Remove Label" option, which will cause overlaps to occur.
In your case, don't draw the white halos on the parcel numbers--it's visually brutal, as in you're using unnecessary force to give the parcel labels prominence. That will also reduce the number of pixels or ink dots that are on top of your transparent annotation. If that's not enough, make the transparent text even larger.
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