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What are the different ways ArcMap can make service layers transparent?

Last Published: April 25, 2020


Transparency can be set for ArcIMS Image Service, ArcIMS ArcMap Service and ArcGIS Map Service layers. The transparency options include:

- Making the entire service layer transparent
This will make all features in all the service sub-layers equally transparent.

- Making the the background of the service layer transparent
This will make the background color of the service layer transparent.

- Making a single color within the layer transparent
This will make the color transparent.

Since these service layers are images, all service sub-layer features underneath the transparent color will also be transparent, regardless of their color.

For ArcIMS service layers Option 1 is done using the Effects tool bar while Option 2 and Option 3 are done in the Advanced Tab of the Layer Properties dialog. For ArcGIS Map service layers all three can be done in the Advanced Tab.

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