ArcGIS legend tip

02 Jan 2015

Sometimes I found the symbols of my points are too small to be distinguished. For example I have training and testing points. These points have to be small on the map so that they do not mess up with other polygons. However, if I want to have a legend of these types of points, also I want the shape & color of the symbols could be distinguished in the legend. The size of symbol in the legend does not have to be huge, just maybe 3 times larger than the original size. Unfortunately, ArcGIS does not have such parameters to do so.

As I know, there are two ways to deal with this problem. One way is to export the map from ArcGIS, then edit in Photoshop, Powerpoint, or other software. The drawback is you need extra efforts to edit color, shape, text, and position of the legend.

So can I do all the work ArcGIS? Yes! Here is my procedure:

So finally I have small and cute points shown in the map, and I have big and clear points in the legend.