Color from Line to Points or Polygon

08-24-2015 07:13 AM
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It is frustrating when one wants to create symbols with the colors from polylines to polygons you have to create the colors 2 times.  Not a big deal when you have a handful of attribute differences to color.

However when you have hundreds of different attributes it is very time cosuming.

I would like to see the ability to use the colors for a an attribute in one feature type used in the second feature that is not the same type.

Example.  I have 573 unique line sections.  I want to color all lines and points with same color based on the LineSection attribute.  This can be quick and simply way to help find errors in data.


You can simple reuse a symbology defined in a line feature to a polygon or point feature. Export your symbology to a style and then reuse symbology by match this style in another layer.

  1. Use "Export Map Styles" from one layer
  2. Use "Match to symbols in a style" in your second layer

Note: You must load icon "Export Map Styles" in Customize.


Within a map, polygon and point feature classes can be coloured according to a symbology defined in either .lyrx or .stylx.

I have a symbology created for a geological map with many different colours and i would like to apply this same colouring to a point feature class.

i cannot do this from a .lyrx file despite the same colour pallettes used for both types of feature class.

why would this be the case?

can ArcGIS pro not just take the colour codes from the polygons assigned to an attribute and assign those same colours to a point feature class with the same attribute code?

to remake the entire symbology for a new feature class is just too labourious to consider....


I support this request.

i also asked the same question on stack exchange years ago.

still havnt found out how to do it.


I tried testing the approach above and could not get it to work.  Tried going from line to polygon and vice versa; doesn't allow for import.  Suppose it makes sense because the symbology for lines and polygons are completely different ... but I figured I would give it a shot because like the OP mentioned, it's quite annoying to match colors between layers with 100's of records ...


This is a very legit requirement that specially in utilities it is required to match the symbology of line and point layers to be colored same to have a better analysis. It is very difficult to give a color to a unique ID if range is in thousands and doing the same activity for other layer with different geometry type is quite a challenge.


ESRI must work on this to provide any tool with which any one can symbolize line, polygon and point layers with a same color generated based on a unique ID.


I fully support this request. It seems a straightforward requirement and should be easily available.

We have soil polygon features layers for which we have developed symbology. When checking these maps with field-collected point data, we simply wish to apply the same symbology to the field points based on the code for each of the soils as contained in the polygon features.




This would be extremely helpful for me. I have a polygon layer with 80+ color categories, all manually grouped under headings. I've also manually changed the "label" text that shows up in the legend.

I have a line layer with an identical field and attributes that exactly match the polygon data. I need all of the same colors, heading groups, and labels in the line file. Image to help describe what I mean:ESRI_Ideas_092023.jpg

There should be an option to apply polygon fill color to the line stroke. The same way I use "Apply Symbology from Layer", but allowing for symbol application between different data types.


The only way I have found to work around this issue is to add a common symbology column (i.e. SYMBOL1 etc.) to each feature, fill it with a hex color code (or other recognized codes) where attributes match between the two features, then under Symbology, click the 'burger' button and check 'Allow symbol property connections', then set the various color properties line/fill to this new field. This symbology does not carry over to features published to ArcGIS Online or Portal in my experience though.