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Create Fill Representation with Dashed crosshatch

September 16 2009 | 0 comments
Categories: Cartographic Representations

I am trying to create a representation for a polygon featureclass that looks like a dashed cross-hatch (see attachment). The first thing I tried was "Convert Symbology to Representation" from ArcMap and I ended up with cross-hatched lines but they are solid, not dashed. I thought I could just change one of the line layers in the representation with the "dashed" geometric effect but that changed the outline, not the fill. The polygon fill layer that defines the hatch pattern doesn't seem to allow me to change the line pattern to dashes (which is how the style for this fill is set up). Is there another geometric effect I should be using or is there something else I need to change? Thanks for your help.

Mapping Center Answer:

Before you create representations, having the right fill symbol will help.

Make a marker fill symbol where the marker is a character marker that uses for it's character the "_" (underbar character) from the Arial font.  Set the marker angle to be 45 degrees, and the size to 8.0 points. I set the Separation for X and Y to 8.0 as well on the Fill Properties tab.

Convert that symbol to representations.  Then the only thing I did was to change the size of the Marker in the representation from 4 points to 6 points.  (see below--also ArcMap's rendering is not so great here, emphasizing one line; it will print or export just fine).

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