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Color Ramp in Legend

Question: I am wanting to make a color ramp in a legend for some points that have a graduated color scheme. I have several points and want to depict a color ramp instead of depiction of each point. I want it to look like a ramp for a raster dem. Can I do this in ArcMap 10 or do I need to copy the color ramp and insert it into the legend?

Answer: You will need to do this graphically.  Take a look at the bottom notes of the One Minute Cartographer presentation from 2009 – it is posted here on Mapping Center.  It tells you how to construct a graphic legend for a color ramp in step-by-step instructions.

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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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