I am looking for a way to create a multi distance buffer and have each buffer a different colour. For example, a buffer around a point has 5 rings. I would like to have each ring a different colour fill.

Is there a simple way of doing this?


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You can use the Multi-Ring Buffer tool that will create a polygon layer with three attributes:

  1. OBJECTID: The original ID of the point
  2. RingId: a sequence of numbers from 1 to the amount of buffers you perform in each point.
  3. distance: the distance from the original point to the buffer.

Running this tool from 2 points, 5 buffers and a spacing of 5 meters will generate the buffers with the following attributes:

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If you want to use always the same colors for each distance you can symbolize using either ringId or distance.

In case you want a unique color for each buffer you can use a combination of two fields: OBJECTID and one of the other two. Like this:

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