In ArcMap 10.7, I have built a map and created more than 40 layers e.g. for grassland, forest, water, borders etc.
Now I'd like to save that map as a template without any polygons or lines but with all the layers and symbols, because I need to create hundreds of different maps that all use the same layers.
So what I want is: Open an EMPTY template with the layer structure ready to go, import a raster img and start digitize the environment, finish the map, save and move on to the next one.
PROBLEM: The layers always have the same data source, even when I re-import a layer package every time I start a new map. So when I finished my first map, open up my template to start working on the next one, it's not empty but all the features of the first map are in there. And if I delete all polygons/lines from the attribute table in map 2, I also delete them from my first map because the reference is the same.
What am I missing?? I just need an empty map with all my (empty) layers loaded as a starting point.
One possible solution: I would always have to change the data source for every layer to a new shp-file, so the previous project remains intact. As soon as I forget to re-set the data source I would destroy other maps and hours of work. Would also be a pain in the ### to change the data source every time.
PLEASE help. Even polyplot for DOS from the 90s can do it!