How do you make white background of new data frame transparent

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01-30-2014 02:10 PM
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I have clipped (to a ellipse shape) and enlarged a portion of a map to show detail, by using a new data frame layer.  All looks well on the layout view, but when exported (to pdf, but I note it is the same for any export) the clip is there but surrounded by the remainder of the frame obscuring the layer below.  I realise you can change this frame background colour - but is there any way of making it transparent?  or have I gone about the whole exercise the wrong way?
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I think you will find that this can't be done even if you change the data frame properties/frame background to none.

I tried to do it using a clip to a shape and it always looked good on screen, but would not plot. I recall a forum post that came to this conclusion with ESRI staff explaining that it would not work.

If you find out differently, certainly post your finding!
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Many thanks - pity though.  I am probably going to go down a very agricultural route of using a snipping tool, bit of work in Photoshop and adding it back as an image. Nightmare!
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