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Raised look for polygons

December 19 2008 | 1 comment
Categories: ArcGIS Methods, Map Data

I am trying to recall how to take a polygon and place an offset to create a
raised look. I want to say I need to create two layers of the same data to create this but after that I am lost.

Mapping Center Answer:

For a long time I made a copy of the polygon dataset, usually adding _DS (for drop shadow) to the name of the copy.  Then I add both to a new map and zoom to the scale I want to use the drop shadow, then started editing, selected all of the "_DS" polygons and dragged them in the direction I wanted for the shadow.  That still works fine for shapefiles and non-geodatabase data sources.

We also did a blog entry on how to do the same thing with cartographic representations called: 3D effect for building footprints.

Instructions are also included with the Oregon Ear posted by Aileen Buckley on Dec 22 2008 3:11PM
You can also find step-by-step instructions for how to do this on the Oregon Earthquakes map page:

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