Types of strokes
Draws linear geometry with a single solid color and width
Draws linear geometry with an image file
Draws linear geometry with a linear color gradient
Stroke symbol layers can also be used in mesh symbols to draw the edges of multipatch features and 3D object scene layers. In this context, stroke symbol layers can only be of Solid stroke type, and you cannot set any property other than color.
Use the drop-down menu within each layer as they are listed in the Format Symbol mode of the Symbology pane, on the Properties tab, on the Layers tab to set the layer type.
Solid stroke symbol layers
Solid stroke symbols contain two main properties: Color, which can be partially transparent, and Width.
Picture stroke symbol layers
Picture stroke symbol layers use an image file to draw linear geometry. In the Format Symbol mode of the Symbology pane, on the Properties tab, on the Layers tab , expand the Appearance group. Click Picture to browse to an image file. Valid file formats are *.bmp, *.jpg, *.png, or *.gif. Adjust the Quality, Tint, and Size properties as necessary.
Set the Tint property to white, which is the default setting, to draw the image in its native colors. Setting this property to no color causes no image to be drawn at all.
Click Reset size to revert the image to its native size.
Gradient stroke symbol layers
Gradient stroke symbol layers use a color scheme to draw line geometry. The direction of the gradient follows the direction of the line.
In the Format Symbol mode of the Symbology pane, on the Properties tab, on the Layers tab , expand the Appearance group. Click the Color Scheme drop-down menu to choose a color scheme or choose a start and end color from the color pickers. Only continuous color schemes can be applied to gradient stroke symbol layers. If necessary, reverse the current scheme by clicking the Flip color scheme button . Adjust the stroke Width as necessary.
To use a different color scheme, click the color scheme menu and click More color schemes to access color schemes in the project styles. If you need a different color scheme not available in a style, click the color scheme menu and click Color scheme properties to open the Color Scheme Editor dialog box. Construct the color scheme as necessary. To save the custom color scheme for reuse, click Save to a style. Click OK to return to the Format Symbol pane.
Stroke symbol layer properties
Both types of stroke symbols have additional properties that define the appearance of the symbol in which they are contained.
The graphical stroke can be drawn perpendicularly offset relative to the geometry. Define the offset distance from the Offset property in the Offset effect group. Choose a Join style—Bevel, Round, or Miter—to control how the joins are handled at the offsets.
Offsets in a stroke symbol layer are symbol effects with a default definition of no offset. This is a convenience to easily adjust a stroke offset without having to add an effect. This effect can be managed in the same way as any symbol effect in a symbol layer. When symbols with offset stroke layers draw, the offsetting is processed before any dashes present on the stroke.
As with stroke offsets, stroke dashing is also handled with an available Dash effect with a default definition of no dash (a solid, uninterrupted stroke.) This effect is added as a convenience to stroke symbol layers and can be managed in the same way as any other symbol effect.
Choose a dash from the Dash type pull-down gallery, and adjust the Dash template values as necessary. Each dash value in the template represents the next segment of the dash; for example, a dash template of '7 3' would return a 7 point stroke followed by a 3 point gap, followed by another 7 point stroke and 3 point gap, and so on.
Caps and joins on strokes
The properties in the Caps & Join group define how the stroke should draw at the ends of strokes (caps) and at junctures (joins).
Butt—Line symbols stop squarely and exactly at the endpoints
Round—Semicircles extend past the endpoints
Square—Line symbols extend half the symbol's width past the endpoints
Bevel—Corners are clipped at junctures, especially at sharp angles
Round—Semicircles are drawn at endpoints
Miter—Symbol edges are extended, creating pointed angles
Patterns on strokes
For gradient strokes only, the Pattern type can be adjusted to provide a discrete or continuous stroke style.
Continuous—The gradient follows a constant change in color
Discrete—The gradient is a specified number of intervals