After sharing the Pen & Ink style I got some questions about how it was made. Well, shoot, here’s how…
Here’s a breakout of what’s covered, with some links (which will open the YouTube video on a new tab, at that section).
0:49 Adding a marker symbol layer. You know, that mysterious option sitting next to the well-worn stroke and fill symbol layers.
1:56 Randomizing the marker symbol. Even though true randomness is a philosophical illusion.
3:26 Duplicating a symbol layer. Stack those things up!
3:55 Adding the super cool “donut” effect, which just hollows out a polygon so you can keep only the inner-boundary ribbons like those cool political wall maps (don’t use a buffer, use a simple rendering effect!).
6:12 Where I embarrassingly forget that I’ve not actually changed the donut width yet and get all confused.
9:47 Creating a wobbly line, so it looks like a person drew it and not a robot, using the “wave” effect.
11:27 Stacking a couple semi-transparent wobbly lines to look inky.
12:48 Controlling the dash template to add a random-looking splash of extra ink now and then. Getting comfortable with the dash effect is a generally helpful thing.
16:09 An eminently useful mnemonic for remembering small scale vs large scale. Picture a fish…
17:15 Saving a symbol to the “Favorites” style. Sooo handy.
18:31 Using a symbol for a map layer by picking it from the symbology panel’s Gallery tab (where you see previews of all the symbols for your project’s styles).
20:18 Shameless plug for downloading and using the Pen and Ink style for ArcGIS Pro.
Have fun; be well and do good work!
4 thoughts on “How to Create that Stippled Ink Effect in ArcGIS Pro”
Really appreciate this!
You bet, Paul!
Love your work. and greatly appreciate they way you share so freely. Re taking the Cartography Mooc with you and the gang. love it.