In the Modify Features pane, Buffer can create a polyline, a polygon, or a multipatch buffer feature around selected features at a specified offset distance. The destination layer and resulting feature type are specified by choosing a feature template. When you create buffers around two or more features, you can check Dissolve and merge the resulting buffers into one nonoverlapping feature.
To create a buffer, click Buffer , select the features, choose a feature template, type the buffer distance, and click Buffer.
- On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Modify .
- In the Modify Features pane, expand Construct and click Buffer .
The tool opens in the pane.
- In the pane, click Select and select one or more features.
- To select multiple features, press and hold the Shift key.
- To remove a feature from the selection, press and hold the Ctrl key and click the feature.
- Click the Template arrow and choose a feature template.
The template determines the destination layer and resulting feature type of the new feature.
- In the Buffer Distance text box, type the distance around the selected feature to which you want the buffer to extend.
The message Enter buffer value greater than 0 appears when you type a value that is less than zero (0).
- In the Rings text box, type the number of multiple buffers.
- Check Preview to display a preview of the buffer.
- Check Dissolve to merge two or more buffers into one nonoverlapping feature.
- Specify the shape for the ends of the buffer:
- Round creates the buffer with round corners at each end.
- Square creates buffers with square corners at each end. This option is available only when selecting polyline features.
- When the selected feature is a polyline, specify the side of the feature to create the buffer:
- Both sides.
- Left side only.
- Right side only.
- In the pane, click Buffer.
A polyline, a polygon, or a multipatch buffer feature is created around the selected features at the specified offset distance.