My default symbol for building is a small square. A jpg export or any other export renders it as a small circle.

It's a killer for hydrology maps which use circles for many other items. Solutions?

From the posts i went back and looked at the default symbols that the open-source layer provided. It LOOKED like a square rotated. But it was something else...yes a circle! Not sure why this happens in Arc...However I simply changed my symbol and voila! it exported just fine.

While i got what i needed the probelm persists. When i went back and looked at the square it said it was a polygon! Odd. Anyway thanks to these posts i now have a work around; many thanks

compostite of parameters for default symbol

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    Are you using the default symbology? Can you post a screen capture of the symbol in ArcMap and another one after it has been exported? What export parameters are you using? – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Nov 10 '11 at 15:02
  • @Jakub - I think with a rep of 6 that won't be possible. – Brad Nesom Nov 10 '11 at 16:18

Based on the fact that you said that this problem occurs with JPG and other exporters suggests to me that this answer might not work for you, but give it a shot anyways as I have used this to solve similar issues with PDF exports.

For PDF exports, try setting the following options under the format tab:

Image of export dialog Format tab for PDF exports in ArcMap 10.0

  • Picture Symbol: Vectorize layers with bitmap markers/fills
  • Convert Marker Symbols to Polygons: Checked
  • Embed All Document Fonts: Checked

Note: Setting all 3 options may be overkill so you can try one at a time.

  • Downvoter, I am sorry if you find the answer unhelpful but I am leaving it for reference. – blah238 Nov 10 '11 at 17:41
  • probably the reason it was downvoted is we can't see what options you are talking about... – Stev_k Nov 10 '11 at 18:30
  • The image isn't showing up? Strange. I added a textual description of the settings. – blah238 Nov 10 '11 at 18:51
  • I can see the image in IE8. – mkennedy Nov 10 '11 at 20:15
  • ok, I was on IE7, now on Chrome, and it's fine. Grrr work computers!! – Stev_k Nov 10 '11 at 20:55

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