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I am looking to create a graduated line buffer like in the image attached. I was wondering if there was a direct tool to do this? I can do it in a few steps, but that may take too long.

I also tried using copy parallel, but it doesn't work as the lines get distorted and don't go the entire length from red line to red line.

Maybe there is a tool in spatial analyst that I am not familiar with.

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Try using a combination of the Multiple Ring Buffer tool and then the Polygon to Line tool, this should give you what you are looking for.

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Also if you just need it to visually look like a line you could just change the polygon fill to hollow and make the outline a dashed line. – Chris R Aug 21 '14 at 17:48

you can also use the trace tool with an offset (if you are in an edit session). For the offset, press "o" when you are drawing.

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