How To: Create graduated or proportional symbol transparency


Graduated or Proportional Symbols do not currently support transparency. Instructions provided convert symbols to features allowing for adjustment of the feature layer's transparency.


  1. Create the Graduated or Proportional Symbols.
  2. Right click on the layer being symbolized and select Convert Features to Graphics. Using the default parameters, convert all features, and only draw the converted graphics.
  3. Use the Convert Graphics to Features Developer Sample to convert the symbols into a new feature class.

    The Convert Graphics Command is available at ArcObjects Online - ArcGIS 8.x > Samples > Editing > Edit Commands > Convert Graphics Command.

  4. Add the new feature class to ArcMap, right click the layer and select properties. Click the display tab and and adjust the layer's transparency.