Ability to Separate Transparency for Fill vs. Outline

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11-04-2021 11:42 AM
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ChristopherBowering
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When symbolizing, I often want to set a transparency to the fill but not the outline (want outline to remain solid).  As of now, setting a transparency affects both the outline and fill.  The only workaround I know of is to copy/paste the layer then symbolize iteration 1 for the fill and iteration 2 for the outline.  This seems inefficient and can cause an unnecessary buildup of layers within the map.

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KoryKramer
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Hi @ChristopherBowering This can be controlled for the fill through the symbol's color properties.

Before:

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Go to color properties:

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Set the desired transparency:

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After:

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The outline transparency can be controlled in the same fashion.

Hope this helps!

CarlMorrison

Christopher,

On the symbology pane, select Properties then the Layers button which will allow you to symbolize the outline and fill separately.

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ChristopherBowering

Thanks for such quick responses!  I had always used the transparency option under the Appearance ribbon so this is great information.

KoryKramer

Awesome.  Glad to help, and thank you @CarlMorrison for jumping in as well!!!

Scott_McGee

You can currently do what you described. To do so, leave the transparency set to 0% via the Feature Layer>Appearance tab. Then, you can set different transparency levels to the fill/outline symbol.

1) Bring up the symbol properties for the symbol you want to apply transparency to. Then click the color swatch and choose Color Properties...

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2) Set the Transparency level to whatever you need.

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3) Then go back and click the Outline Color, Color Properties...

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4) You can then set the transparency of the outline symbol to whatever you want. In the case you described above, you would just leave the transparency set to 0%.

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So, if you need to set different transparencies for the fill versus the outline, the key thing to remember is to leave the transparency of the layer at 0%, and then alter the transparency of the symbol itself (fill versus outline).

 

 

GIS-Chops

I published a video showing how this can be accomplished with a single layer:

https://youtu.be/d0NbcKOjcUk