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I created a legend for a Map with ArcMap 10.2.2. I converted it to graphic and want to export or save it as an image. How can I do? Can't figure it out.

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Even without Convert To Graphics, you can copy your legend and paste it in graphics software such as Paint. Convert To Graphics on a legend allows you, for example, to Ungroup the legend (using right click > Ungroup) to its different components, and modify each separately using the Draw toolbar.

  • I used convert to graphic exactly to ungroup and change the size of the items. So I would copy and paste the graphic. Anyway I tried both copying it in Paint before and after converting it to graphic. In the first case the legend was copied&pasted in all its components but the items (just blank space). In the second case everything was copied but the items were no longer dots, but appeared as exclamation marks. I guess that's how they are coded... – Michele Cordini Sep 2 '15 at 9:40
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    You may instead decrease the size of your layout so it's as small as your legend, remove all other items and File > Export away as in image. – Nir Sep 2 '15 at 9:51
  • I think that would work though I expected it to be possible in a less tricky way – Michele Cordini Sep 2 '15 at 9:54
  • Works fine for me with Paint, but what I really do is export to Adobe Illustrator in AI or even PDF format, Illustrator treats the items as vector graphics. I assume free vector graphics programs have the same capabilities. – Nir Sep 2 '15 at 10:00
  • Have you tried copying graphic dots on Paint? Didn't they appear as exclamation marks? – Michele Cordini Sep 2 '15 at 10:05
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Move the map data frame outside of the layout extent and make sure the legend is inside a layout extent. Go to File -> Export Map -> Choose the desired image type -> Save

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As previously stated: "Move the map data frame outside of the layout extent and make sure the legend is inside a layout extent. Go to File -> Export Map -> Choose the desired image type -> Save"...

...THEN...use Paint to open it up, in the IMAGE group-->Select, use Selection Shape of RECTANGULAR, then use TRANSPARENT SELECTION. Copy, then paste in the Layout.

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