Polygon Symbolizer Properties

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The Polygon Symbolizer Properties dialog

The Polygon Symbolizer Properties dialog is reached by clicking on the EllipsesButton.png button on the Background properties line in the object properties section of the Layout Editor dialog. The dialog allows defining the appearance of an object in the layout editor. Each of them are discussed below.

Property Layers List

On the left of the dialog is a list of currently defined property sets for the given object. The property sets are layered, allowing them to be combined if the opacity settings are set correctly. For example, a property set using the "Hatch" pattern type could be combined with a "Gradient" pattern type if desired.

Example of how property set layers can be combined

Clicking the add AddButton.png button adds an additional property set layer to the list. The up and down arrow UpDownButtons.png buttons move the selected property set layer above or below the other layers. The delete X button.png button removes the selected property set layer. Note that if there is only one property set layer, it can not be deleted.

Symbolizer Characteristics

This is the first section, at the top and to the right of the column showing the property set layers.

  • Scale Model drop-down – Options include: "Simple", "Symbolic", and "Geographic".
  • Smoothing check box – When checked, automatically adjusts the image values to present a cleaner image.
  • Units drop-down – Options for units include: "Display", "Document", "Inch", "Millimeter", "Pixel", "Point", and "World".
  • Preview – Shows how the color fill currently appears with the selected options.

Pattern

Any layout object can be filled with a solid color or a pattern.

  • Pattern Type drop-down – A list with the following options:
    • "Gradient" – Fills the polygon with a gradient color. Gradient options include:
      Example of the Gradient options
      • Gradient Type – Drop down menu with the following options:
        • "Circular" – Creates the gradient by uniformly transitioning from the Surround Color at the edge of the object to the Central Color in the center of the object.
        • "Linear" – Creates the gradient by uniformly transitioning from the Start Color into the End Color in the Angle direction.
        • "Rectangular" – Creates the gradient by uniformly transitioning by quarter from the Surround Color at the edges of the object to the Central Color in the Angle direction. This creates a four-pointed star effect with the two colors.
      • Gradient Slider – Clicking and dragging the thick vertical bars on the slider adjusts how gradually the colors transition from one to the other in the gradient. Clicking on either end of the slider will bring up a Color dialog where the gradient colors can be selected. Moving the opacity slider levers at either end of the slider will adjust the opacity of the colors in the gradient.
      • Angle – Rotate the gradient by entering the angle in the editable field, using the up and down arrows to change the angle, or dragging the small circular handle on the edge of the circle.
    • "Picture" – Imports a picture to fill the polygon. Options include:
      • Image – Clicking the EllipsesButton.png button brings up a file browser where an image file (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, or ICO) can be specified for the polygon fill.
      • Tile mode – Options to tile the imported image.
        • "Clamp" – Places a single copy of the imported image without repeating it.
        • "Tile" – Repeats the image to file the entire object.
        • "Tile Flip X" – Repeats the imported image by flipping the horizontal axis of every alternate image column.
        • "Tile Flip XY" – Repeats the imported image by flipping the horizontal and vertical axis of every alternate instance of the image.
        • "Tile Flip Y" – Repeats the imported image by flipping the vertical axis of every alternate image row.
      • Angle – Rotates the image file by entering the angle in the editable field, using the up and down arrows to change the angle, or dragging the small circular handle on the edge of the circle.
      • X Ratio – Increase (>1) or decrease (<1) the width of the imported image.
      • Y Ratio – Increase (>1) or decrease (<1) the height of the imported image.
    • "Simple" – Creates a solid color fill in the polygon with the following options:
      • Fill Color – Specifies the color of the polygon. Clicking on this button brings up a Color dialog.
      • Opacity – Moving the slider sets the opacity of the color fill. "0" equals no opacity or completely transparent. "1" equals a opacity of 100%.
    • "Hatch" – Fills the polygon with the specified hatch pattern. Hatch patterns options include:
      • Hatch Style drop-down – Provides a list of hatching styles.
      • Foreground Color – Specifies the color of the foreground hatching. Clicking on this button brings up a Color dialog.
      • Foreground Opacity – Moving the slider sets the opacity of the foreground hatching. "0" equals no opacity or completely transparent. "1" equals a opacity of 100%.
      • Background Color – Specifies the color behind the hatching. Clicking on this button brings up a Color dialog.
      • Background Opacity – Moving the slider sets the opacity of the color behind the hatching. "0" equals no opacity or completely transparent. "1" equals a opacity of 100%.

Outline

The layout object polygon can be given a border with following options:

  • Use Outline check box – When checked on this creates a border around the layout object.
  • Edit button – Clicking brings up the Line Symbol dialog.
  • Width – Specifies the width of the border line in pixels.
  • Outline Color – Sets the color of the border. Clicking on this button brings up a Color dialog.
  • Opacity – Moving the slider sets the opacity of the border. "0" equals no opacity or completely transparent. "1" equals an opacity of 100%.

Line Symbol Dialog

The Line Symbol dialog

This dialog provides additional options and parameters for a defined border.

  • Layer List
On the left of the dialog is an unlabeled list of currently-defined property sets for the given border. The property sets are layered, allowing the sets to be combined if the opacity settings are set correctly. Clicking the add AddButton.png button adds an additional layer to the list. The up and down arrow UpDownButtons.png buttons move the selected layer above or below the other layers. The delete X button.png button removes the selected layer.
  • Characteristics
    • Scale Model drop-down – Options include: "Simple", "Symbolic", and "Geographic".
    • Smoothing check box – When checked, automatically adjusts the image values to present a cleaner image.
    • Preview – Shows how the border line appears with the currently-selected options.
  • Stroke Type
    • "Simple" – A basic set of parameters for the border line, including:
      • Color – Specifies the color of the border line. Clicking on this button brings up a Color dialog.
      • Opacity – Moving the slider sets the opacity of the border line. "0" equals no opacity or completely transparent. "1" equals a opacity of 100%.
      • Width – Specifies the thickness of the border line in pixels.
      • Dash Style – Sets the line as a solid or dashed line. Options include: "Solid", "Dash", "Dot", "Dash Dot", "Dash Dot Dot", and "Custom".
    • "Cartographic" – A more complex array of options for the border line. This option has three tabs with the following options:
      • Cartographic Line – This tab has the following options:
        • Color – Specifies the color of the border line. Clicking on this button brings up a Color dialog.
        • Opacity – Moving the slider sets the opacity of the border line. "0" equals no opacity or completely transparent. "1" equals a opacity of 100%.
        • Offset – Moves the line off of center. By default, the line length is equal on each side of the centerline. Both positive and negative values are accepted.
        • Width – Specifies the thickness of the border line in pixels.
        • Line Caps – Section includes options for both Start Cap and End Cap at each end of the line. Both options can be set to: "Flat", "Round", "Square", "Triangle", "No Anchor", "Square Anchor", "Round Anchor", "Diamond Anchor", "Arrow Anchor", "Anchor Mask", and "Custom".
        • Line Joins – Section includes options for how the border line in a polygon meet. Options include" Miter, Round, and Bevel.
      • Template – This tab presents a grid where the width and dash spacing can be specified. The width of the line can be increased by dragging the vertical arrow down or up. The line width can be separated into multiple lines by selecting a row to make it inactive and thus creating a space between lines. The horizontal arrow can be dragged left or right to increase the dash width. Spaces between dashes can be added by selecting a column to make it inactive.
        The Line Decorations tab
      • Line Decorations – This tab has several options for specifying a symbol at the each line end. Options include:
        • Layer List – On the left of the tab is an unlabeled list of currently-defined property sets for the line decoration. The property sets are layered, allowing the sets to be combined if the opacity settings and positioning are set correctly. Clicking the add AddButton.png button adds an additional layer to the list. The up and down arrow UpDownButtons.png buttons move the selected layer above or below the other layers. The delete X button.png button removes the selected property set.
        • Position Options – Section allows defining the placement of the line decorations. Options include:
          • Number of Positions – Specifies how often the line decoration symbol repeat along the border line.
          • Flip All check box – Inverts the symbol position for all instances of the symbol on the line.
          • Flip First check box – Inverts the symbol position for the first instance symbol on the line.
          • Offset – Moves the symbol off of the line center. Both positive and negative values are accepted.
          • Percentual position – Treats the entire line as 0% to 100% and sets the location of the symbol based on the percentage entered. This option is only visible when Number of Positions is set to "1".
        • Rotation
          • Rotate symbol to follow line angle
          • Keep symbol at fixed angle to page
        • Symbol – Gives a preview of the current symbol. Clicking the Edit button brings up the Point Symbolizer Dialog where the symbol decoration can be defined.

Point Symbolizer Dialog

The Point Symbolizer Dialog

Provides additional options for symbols when using the line decoration options in the Line Symbol dialog.

  • Layer List
On the left of the dialog is a list of currently defined property sets for the symbol. The property sets are layered, allowing the sets to be combined if the opacity settings are set correctly. Clicking the add AddButton.png button adds an additional layer to the list. The up and down arrow UpDownButtons.png buttons move the selected layer above or below the other layers. The delete X button.png button removes the selected property set.
  • Symbolizer Characteristics
    • Scale Model drop-down – Options include: "Simple", "Symbolic", and "Geographic".
    • Smoothing check box – When checked on, automatically adjusts the image values to present a cleaner image.
    • Units drop-down – Options include: "Display", "Document", "Inch", "Millimeter", "Pixel", "Point", and "World".
    • Preview – Shows how the symbol appears with the currently-selected options.
  • Add to Custom Symbols button – Adds the symbol to the list of custom symbols.
  • Symbol Type drop-down – Select the type of symbol desired:
    • "Simple" – Uses a simple shape as the symbol. Options include:
      • Style drop-down – Provides simple shapes. Options include: "Diamond", "Hexagon", "Ellipse", "Pentagon", "Rectangle", "Star", and "Triangle".
      • Color – Specifies the color of the symbol. Clicking on this button brings up a Color dialog.
      • Opacity – Moving the slider sets the opacity of the symbol. "0" equals no opacity or completely transparent. "1" equals a opacity of 100%.
      • Use Outline check box – Checking this box places a line around the border of the symbol.
      • Outline Width – Specifies the thickness of the border line in pixels.
      • Outline Color – Specifies the color of the symbol border line. Clicking on this button brings up a Color dialog.
      • Outline Opacity – Moving the slider sets the opacity of the symbol border line. "0" equals no opacity or completely transparent. "1" equals a opacity of 100%.
    • "Character" – Uses a character as the symbol. Options include:
      • Color – Specifies the color of the character symbol. Clicking on this button brings up a Color dialog.
      • Opacity – Moving the slider sets the opacity of the character symbol. "0" equals no opacity or completely transparent. "1" equals a opacity of 100%.
      • Font Family drop-down – A list of available fonts for the character symbol.
      • Character Keyboard – A scrollable list of characters available for the selected font. Click on a character to use it.
      • Unicode – Enter a unicode number to use a unicode character.
    • "Picture" – Uses an image as the symbol. Options include:
      • Image – Clicking the EllipsesButton.png button brings up a file browser where an image file (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, or ICO) can be specified for the symbol.
      • Image Opacity – Moving the slider sets the opacity of the image. "0" equals no opacity or completely transparent. "1" equals a opacity of 100%.
      • Use Outline check box – Checking this box places a line around the border of the symbol.
      • Outline Width – Specifies the thickness of the border line in pixels.
      • Outline Color – Specifies the color of the symbol border line. Clicking on this button will bring up a Color dialog.
      • Outline Opacity – Moving the slider sets the opacity of the symbol border line. "0" equals no opacity or completely transparent. "1" equals a opacity of 100%.
The Symbol Size dialog
  • Placement
    • Symbol Size – Provides four preset pixel sizes as buttons (from left to right): 4x4, 10.5x10.5, 17x17, and 30x30. Clicking the EllipsesButton.png button brings up the Symbol Size dialog where the Width and Height of the symbol can be manually entered.
    • Angle – Rotates the image file by entering the angle in the editable field, using the up and down arrows to change the angle, or dragging the small circular handle on the edge of the circle.
    • Offset – Adjusts the position of the symbol on the line by changing the X and Y fields. Both positive and negative values are accepted.

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