Set the transparency for a symbol


Specifying a null color lets you create transparent areas in your symbols. It cannot be used to knock out or block other colors.


  • Select 'No Color' to change the current color to a null value. This method will not retain the previous color setting.

    Use the 'No Color' setting located at the top of the color palette.

    [O-Image] No Color setting on color palette
  • To maintain the current color value, and still use a transparent color, check the 'Color is Null' box on the Properties tab of the Color Selector menu.
    Use the 'Color is Null' checkbox to maintain the current color values.

    [O-Image] Color is Null menu selection
    You can access the Color Selector menu by clicking More Colors on the color palette.

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  • ArcMap 9 x
  • ArcMap 8 x

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