Transparency and Annotation Symbols

02-08-2013 03:09 PM
Occasional Contributor III
I have an Annotation Feature Class. Each Anno has a Callout Box. Is there a way to set the transparency of the callout box? I would like to make it semi-transparent.
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I don't think there's a direct way to do this as ArcMap allows to set transparency for whole layer.

But there's a workaround:
1. Make a duplicate of your annotation layer and add them both to table of contents.
2. In edit session select all annotations from first layer.
3. In Attributes window select all elements in a tree and then change their symbol properties to disable callout box (you will have only text in first annotation layer)
4. Set desired transparency for second anno layer and move it below first anno layer. The effect will be like that:
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