Displaying a legend in ArcScene

Question: Can you show a legend in ArcScene? i.e. the symbology for the TINS being displayed. I am exporting the scene to a graphic and need a legend to explain the symbology. Thanks.

Answer: The answer is no, you cannot show a legend in ArcScene. Neither ArcScene or ArcGlobe have any layout capability; hence there is no way to add a legend to either or get one out.

Probably the best way to do this would be to export the image or images out of ArcScene, then save the layers out as layer files. Go into ArcMap, and add the layer files to the ArcMap document. In Layout mode, drag the data frame off the screen. Insert the exported image as a picture, and then insert the legend for the 2D map. It’s a bit of a workaround, but it should work!

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Dr. Aileen Buckley has been making maps since she was an undergraduate student. She has a Bachelors in Geography and Spanish from Valparaiso University, a Masters in Geography from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Oregon State University. She is a senior product engineer on the Living Atlas team, and her work focuses on determining and sharing best practices for mapping and analysis with modern GIS. She publishes and presents world-wide on many aspects of mapping and GIS. She is a co-author of Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation, and she is a co-editor for the Atlas of Oregon. Aileen is a former president of CaGIS (the U.S. cartographic association) and is actively involved with the International Cartographic Association in which she is the lead delegate for the United States.


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