I have to create a map which involves 2 overlapping Layers. The underlying layer is coloured, the upper layer is hatched. On top of this I need to annotate the regions.
In ArcGIS the dirtiest method is to simply attach a halo to the text. Then the text is always readable. But I find the halo covers up so much area of the map and in print looks pretty awful.
I was thinking of exporting the geometries into The Gimp or Illustrator....but then my GIS Workflows become very complicated and updates are much more difficult to do.
Does anyone have any good examples of annotating under similar conditions and can offer some good advice?