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I am trying to create a snapshot using FastStone Capture version 5.3 to be use for the legend because it is diffcult to match their color especially is you are using raster or transparent ?

How do I save the snapshot to file and then use that file for the legend ? Any suggest ?

I am using 9.3.1 SP3.

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I'm not sure I understand the question - can you clarify? You are using a screen capture software to take a screenshot? Is the screenshot of an existing legend? It sounds like you want to import a .jpg or other image file to use as a legend. – Radar Feb 2 '12 at 17:26
Yes, first you will need to create a rectange to copy the polygon fill box and then use the FastStone Capture software to capture a screenshot and save as a .bmp file and replace it with as a Picture Fill symbol. – PROBERT Feb 2 '12 at 17:45
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To match colors from another image I use paint and the dropper tool will collect any "solid" color.
If it is not a solid color you will have to get close.
But here is the rest.

in the paint program when you collect a color from an image with the dropper tool.
You then go to the rgb settings.
Then in arcmap you can duplicate that rgb setting.
screenshots to come.

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Thank you. I use FastStone Capture and got it what I need. But, I'll remember your suggest too. Have a good day. – PROBERT Feb 2 '12 at 18:15
"paint and the dropper tool" only on Windows 7 (not XP) – Mapperz Feb 2 '12 at 18:21
paint and dropper tools were on windows 3. I use xp now. – Brad Nesom Feb 2 '12 at 18:48

I export out an area into a .pdf, take it into power point, crop the area making sure the outline is none and the background is white, then I export and save that to a bmp. Works every time. I use this a lot for imagery transparencies where I need to have that match what the map looks like.

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Thank you for the information. Sounds useful. – PROBERT Feb 21 '12 at 22:10

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