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Having trouble adding marker symbols

June 11 2009 | 0 comments
Categories: Cartographic Representations

I can import a symbol and create a new rule fine but after adding a new marker layer and attemping to change the marker symbol is where I run into a problem. I select more styles in the marker selector window and choose one I want to work with. It will not display any symbols. The only options I have available are the ESRI symbols.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Mapping Center Answer:

Cartographic Representations only support Representation Markers. Therefore, if you add a style that does not include representation markers, then you will not see any additional symbols in the Representation Marker Selector window.

To see which styles have Representation Markers, open the Style Manager (click on Tools on the top bar menu, then click Styles, then Style Manager). Expand the (or any other style) folder to view the subfolders. If the Representation Markers folder is filled, then those markers will appear in the Representation Marker Selector, if that style is referenced. If the Representation Markers folder is not filled, then no markers will appear in the Representation Marker Selector for that referenced style.

The image below shows the Style Manager folder directory for and

Style Manager

However, you can create a new marker symbol by clicking on Properties in the Representation Marker Selector. This takes you into the Marker Editor window where you can create your own symbol. Once in the Marker Editor, delete the existing symbol.

You can then draw and edit a new symbol manually or by using existing graphics. Use the Create Line tool and/or Create Polygon tool to manually draw a symbol. To make a marker symbol from a pre-defined graphic, select Create Glyph, Create Square or Create Circle.

The image below shows the Marker Editor and the graphic options:

Create glyph

Depending on the selection, the Marker Editor icon will display the letter "A", a square or a circle. If you select Create Glyph, you can create a marker symbol from an existing font on your computer: 

  1. Click on the "A" icon, this brings you to the Symbol window.
  2. Select a font from the font drop-down menu.
  3. Select a glyph (the symbol).
  4. Click OK.
  5. Change the color or position of the symbol in the Marker Editor if needed; the x in the middle is the data point center. 
  6. Click OK.
  7. Save the marker symbol if you want to use it later.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Set the marker symbol size and any other parameters.
  10. Click OK.

The image below shows the font symbol selector:

 Select glyph

In this example, the ESRI US Forestry Font 1 contains the glyphs that resemble the symbols found in So while does not contain representation markers, a Forestry symbol can be created from the font.

Here are some additional resources for symbols, styles and representations:

Getting to Know Symbols and Styles in ArcGIS
An overview of representations

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