Transparent or rasterizing layers that are part of a group layer force the entire group layer to rasterize on output


Data frames are processed as raster if they contain visible group layers that have individual layers that are not visible, and are symbolized with transparency or BMP/picture marker symbology.

In the following example, the States layer in the group layer named Polys is set to 50% transparent but is not checked on. Because the States layer is symbolized with transparency, it still forces the group layer to be processed as raster, and thus the entire data frame, to rasterize on output.
[O-Image] Transparent layer in group layer forces rasterization


This is a known issue.


  • Remove the transparency or BMP/pictures marker symbology from the layer(s) not being displayed.
  • Remove the transparency or BMP/pictures marker symbology layers from the group layer.

Article ID:000009397

  • ArcMap

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