To assist you in authoring 3D maps, ArcGIS Pro provides a set of common 3D layer types that can be authored with a few clicks, including trees, icon points, thematic shapes, and buildings. To display preset layers, you need only a connection to a dataset and a few settings.
Preset layers provide a fast way to author a well-performing scene. Some preset layers include a streamlined set of symbology properties. These layers are also well suited for sharing across the platform as content within web scenes.
The preset layers available in ArcGIS Pro are described in the following table:
|Layer name||Data type||Description|
Display realistic trees based on point features.
Realistic tree layers use optimized 3D models showing real-world forms and textures. The tree type can be connected to a field containing genus and species information, and the height and crown widths of each tree can be connected to feature attributes.
Display thematic trees based on point features.
Thematic trees use geometric forms, such as spheres and cones, to represent the tree shape. The tree type can be connected to a field containing genus and species information, and the height and crown widths of each tree can be connected to feature attributes. Thematic trees can also have symbol color driven by a separate attribute, such as tree condition or encroachment status.
Display billboarded icons based on point features.
Icon points are well suited for showing locational points. These symbols display in screen space, making them useful for showing the location of content at all viewing distances. The symbols can be resized and re-colored using feature attributes to better describe individual feature characteristics.
Display real-world sized volumetric shapes based on point features.
Thematic shapes display in physical space, making them useful for showing both real-world data and comparing thematic information. The template includes several geometric shapes that have been defined with common anchor point and rotation values. The symbols can be resized and recolored using feature attributes to better describe individual feature characteristics.
Display 3D building models based on multipatch features.
Building features will automatically be placed on the ground within the scene and have a reasonable distance-based visibility constraint applied. These are initial settings only and can be adjusted to other values at any time.
Unlike most other preset layers, the Realistic Buildings layer does not define a reduced set of layer properties and will operate in the same way as a standard layer after it has been added into the scene.
Surface (raster, TIN, and so on)
Add your own surface data as a contributor to the ground surface of the scene.
The ground surface in ArcGIS Pro is the specially named surface upon which most 2D layers—and some 3D layers—are placed. The selected surface data will be added to the collection of data sources for the ground surface for the scene, and the main property sheet will be opened. This will allow quick changing of key properties such as the elevation unit for the data.
Unlike most other preset layers, the ground layer does not define a reduced set of layer properties and will operate in the same way as a standard elevation-source layer after it has been added into the scene.
Use preset layer symbology
There are two ways to apply preset layer symbology to content in a scene:
- As you are adding the data to the scene
- For an existing layer within the scene
The first method is useful when authoring new scenes. The second is useful when you want to change the symbology of layers in an existing scene, or you are updating the default symbology from a layer that was imported from another map or scene.
Apply preset layer symbology as you add data to a scene
You can specify how a layer will draw immediately as you add the data in a scene.
- Ensure that a scene is the active view.
- On the Map tab, in the Layer group, click Add Preset , and then click the preset layer you want.
- In the Add Data dialog box, browse to the dataset, and click Open.
- Optionally, adjust the properties for the new layer in the Symbology pane. Changes are applied immediately.
Most preset layers expose a reduced set of editable properties in the Symbology pane, though some include a full set. All layers that are added from the Add Preset gallery provide access to common layer properties, such as visibility ranges or definition queries.
Apply preset layer symbology to an existing layer within a scene
You can specify how a layer will appear after it has been added to a scene.
- Ensure that a scene is the active view, and select a feature layer in the Contents pane.
- On the Appearance tab, in the Drawing group, click the arrow below Symbology, and then click the preset layer you want.
Only preset layers that match the data type are shown.