I am trying to make a 'faux' heat map, by using graduated symbols that also have some transparency, so that when they are layered (especially at small-scale views), the layering of the symbols gives a darkened color effect.
I can do this by creating a separate layer for every symbol category, but I would like to do this within a single layer, using categorized symbols (it is a point layer). Is this possible? I have seen some ideas about setting transparency for different symbol levels using field calculator, but this still doesn't give the effect I am looking for when symbols within the same layer are stacked.
I hope I am explaining this well, thanks for any help!
Thanks for the ideas. I am not sure if converting to a polygon is feasible, as this will be for over 60 maps which will be published as map services and will need to be very responsive in a web application to a (jqwidget) time slider, zoom/pan and toggle events.
I imagine the lack of transparency of classes within a layer is on purpose; I would guess most people would not want this functionality.
I am not too sure about cross hatching the point either; I hope that the points will be very precise and tight when viewing the map at a close-up zoom level. There are a few thousand points in each map, all in a relatively small area (the five boroughs)
But I will look into the ideas here, thanks for input!