20 Sep 2011
Picture Marker Symbols in ArcGis with Vector Format
For a clean graphical representation you'll need to use images in vector format - but for generating these you need Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, etc. which may not always be at hand .
...BUT: after digging deeply into the worldwide web I found an online tool that does the job!
..works great. Upload pic in any format - convert pic online to emf-format and import this emf-file with the style manager to ArcGis and you will get a high quality result!
ps: still I was not able to achieve to yield a transparent background though the emf-picture that I used consists only of one polygon - I guess ArcGis internally makes a white background.. needless to say that with graphics ArcGis can be really lame!
pss: Another way would be to use cartographic representation markers and I found this good tutorial on the topic.. if you don't want to design your representation marker in the ArcGis-Marker Editor by hand you could use this Visual Basic-program that will convert any font or emf-based marker into a representation marker
I really wonder what these ArcGis people do (or rather miss to do) - in the end I think this would not need to be all that tedious..