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Symbol layers

Modify symbol layers

Symbols are comprised of one or more component symbol layers. Symbol layers are graphical elements of type marker, stroke, fill, or procedural. For example, a polygon symbol may be comprised of two symbol layers: a fill layer that draws the interior of the polygon and a stroke layer that draws the outline of the polygon.

Modifying a symbol might mean changing its appearance such as its shape, color, or texture. It may mean changing its dimensions such as its size, width, orientation, or relative placement. To make detailed modifications to symbols, you must access the individual layers that make up the symbol.

To modify a symbol, you highlight the symbol layer that holds the property to change, expand the property groups as necessary, and apply the changes.

  1. In the Format Symbol mode in the Symbology pane, click the Properties tab and click the Layers tab Layers.
  2. Highlight a component symbol layer in the upper section of the pane by clicking on the component graphic.
  3. Review the symbol properties of the highlighted layer by expanding the property group headings.
  4. Verify that the symbol appears as expected by viewing it in the preview panel in the lower section of the pane.
  5. Click Apply to save changes.

Turn off symbol layers

You may want to view or save a symbol with one or more symbol layers turned off from view, without deleting the symbol layer.

  1. In the Format Symbol mode in the Symbology pane, click the Properties tab and click the Layers tab Layers.
  2. Uncheck the box to the left of the symbol layer graphic to hide the symbol layer.

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