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For those who have had experience in making their own custom icons for
point symbology, have you had any problems with SOME of the icons fading
in appearance once it gets exported as a pdf, tiff, jpeg etc? (shown in
jpg attachment)

It only happens to a select few, hence why the sealion at the
bottom-left is unaffected. They are from the same shapefile, same
sourced .bmp file. The icons were drawn in photoshop using the pen tool
and saved as a BMP file. I've canceled out any differences they might
have, moved the points to a different location and it still happens to
those points only. Do you guys have any suggestions or techniques I
should try out? ;)

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For starters, if you have access to Adobe Illustrator or other applications that can save vector artwork as emfs I would convert the symbols to emfs before using them in ArcMap.
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I've had that problem before, and I agree with DaveB - convert to emf!! If you don't have AI, you might have luck with Inkscape.

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Cheers guys, I've talk to some friends who are studying graphic design, they've basically had the same consistent rant about .BMP files for their work as well.

I think my workplace has AI, will have to check it on monday. Otherwise I'll just convert it at home.

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One tip - just make sure you're converting the vector art to emf. If you convert the bmp or raster art into an emf you will just end up with rasters in your emf, defeating the purpose of the exercise. :)
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Attached File  download.jpg   60.37KB   81 downloads

For those who have had experience in making their own custom icons for
point symbology, have you had any problems with SOME of the icons fading
in appearance once it gets exported as a pdf, tiff, jpeg etc? (shown in
jpg attachment)

It only happens to a select few, hence why the sealion at the
bottom-left is unaffected. They are from the same shapefile, same
sourced .bmp file. The icons were drawn in photoshop using the pen tool
and saved as a BMP file. I've canceled out any differences they might
have, moved the points to a different location and it still happens to
those points only. Do you guys have any suggestions or techniques I
should try out? ;)

Try to install a virtual printer driver, that can fit the size of your export.
I had exactly the same lines, on my bmps, until I installed a virtual printer(try sth like a plotter model), and you will also have to set that printer as the default printer engine from the control panel. I think that will do.
Hope I 've helped.




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