I am trying to make a simple map of the world in ArcMap 10.1, and I have a shapefile with all the countries in it. I have the symbology set to unique values, so the countries are all different colors. I want to add a gradient fill, but I can't add the gradient to its symbology without going through every single country and editing it. If I select Properties for All Symbols, it will apply the same color to every unique value. Any ideas?

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    Hi, can you say what software you are using? This will probably produce better answers. Thanks!
    – Patty Jula
    Mar 5, 2014 at 17:20
  • It does not seem to be directly possible (by applying a color scheme) because the color scheme only changes the fill color, and a gradient doesn't have one because the fill is in the gradient pattern.
    – Eyrofire
    Mar 5, 2014 at 18:49

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A workaround could be to use the transparency. You first use unique color values , then you create a second layer from the same dataset on top of the first layer, with a grey gradient and some transparency.


Have a look at this blog page. It simulates sun tinting with gradient fills and gives a step by step guide. This should solve your problem.

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