Last Friday I snuck out a Pen & Ink style for ArcGIS Pro that lets you make maps that look all hand drawn in a stippled inky sort of shading vibe and asked you to steal it and use it with abandon. I’ve got several requests asking how it was made and, in a more general sense, how to save a symbol to a style. So here that is…
Here’s a breakout of what’s covered, with some links (which will open the YouTube video on a new tab, at that section).
0:49 Adding a marker symbol layer. You know, that mysterious option sitting next to the well-worn stroke and fill symbol layers.
1:56 Randomizing the marker symbol. Even though true randomness is a philosophical illusion.
3:26 Duplicating a symbol layer. Stack those things up!
3:55 Adding the super cool “donut” effect, which just hollows out a polygon so you can keep only the inner-boundary ribbons like those cool political wall maps (don’t use a buffer, use a simple rendering effect!).
6:12 Where I embarrassingly forget that I’ve not actually changed the donut width yet and get all confused.
9:47 Creating a wobbly line, so it looks like a person drew it and not a robot, using the “wave” effect.
11:27 Stacking a couple semi-transparent wobbly lines to look inky.
12:48 Controlling the dash template to add a random-looking splash of extra ink now and then. Getting comfortable with the dash effect is a generally helpful thing.
16:09 An eminently useful mnemonic for remembering small scale vs large scale. Picture a fish…
17:15 Saving a symbol to the “Favorites” style. Sooo handy.
18:31 Using a symbol for a map layer by picking it from the symbology panel’s Gallery tab (where you see previews of all the symbols for your project’s styles).
20:18 Shameless plug for downloading and using the Pen and Ink style for ArcGIS Pro.
Have fun; be well and do good work!