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Making a cloud type data frame, similar to CADD

August 18 2009 | 2 comments
Categories: Cartographic Effects

I want to cloud a data frame so that it looks like a cloud call out on a drawing. This is very similar to the CADD function called "Revision Cloud Tool".

Mapping Center Answer:

If you can create a feature that is in the shape of the cloud that you want, you can use that as a clipping extent for the data frame.

On the data frame properties dialog box, show the Data Frame tab, and just past half way down is a Clip to Shape option. 

So, yes, this sort of thing is possible, but no, there is not an automatic way to just do it.

Workaround posted by Michael Mejac on Sep 12 2014 8:22AM
This works for me:

1) create a polygon (ellipse works well) around the area that you want to cloud.
2) Use "Densify" command to add vertices at a consistent interval
3) convert polygon to polyline
4) Begin edit session on polyline
5) Flip the polyline's directionality
6) Select each segment, Change Segment> Circular Arc

It is a little time intensive, but the only way to make it work for now.
Image? posted by Aileen Buckley on Sep 12 2014 10:58AM
Do you have an image of your results? If so, I think I can post it for you.

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