How to edit layer symbology (appearance)

Method 1: Edit through the map

Edits made in this fashion will be reflected in the map you're editing and on the object you're editing, and are hierarchical, meaning that if you change a Property map, it will change the default settings in the Stewardship Site map, Site Visit map, etc.. If you change a Site Visit map, it will only change that Site Visit map.  Changing one instance of an object (like one property boundary color) will not change all property boundary colors (see Method 2). Also, editing your map view will change the map view for all users.

Click the layers button to open the layers panel


Click on the swatch next to the layer you wish to edit.  You do not need to choose 'begin editing' in order to change the symbology of the layer.




The symbology panel will open.  The options presented will vary slightly by layer type (area, line, & point) but the functions will be the same:



1. Line and Fill (for area geographies) - When 'Line' is selected, you are editing the appearance of the outline of the shape.  Change the option to 'Fill' to edit the fill of the shape.

2. Dotted / Solid / Dashed - change the outline or line type to a solid, dashed, or dotted line.

3. 1 through 5 - change the thickness of the line from 1 (thin) to 5 (thick)

4. Same for Each Feature / Style by Name / Style by Status / Style by Type - If you have multiple named features, multiple types of features, or are using the geography status field, you can style each one individually.  If you change to 'Style by Name', a new menu appears with a swatch next to each name that Landscape finds of that layer.  You can then use the same appearance menu to style each appearance individually.  'Style by Type' and 'Style by Status' does the same thing, but with geography type or status as the classifier.  These options will only work if the geography supports and is populated with different names, types, or statuses.  

5. Choose color Hue / Saturation - By clicking different places on the panel, you can adjust the hue and saturation of the color.

6.  Color selector - Move the dot to select the color

7.  Transparency selector - Move the dot to change the transparency of the layer

8.  HEX / RGB / HSL Values - For entering the exact color values of the symbol.  Click the up and down arrows to change the color values system.  If you don't fill these values in yourself, they are automatically populated from the options you've chosen above. It can be very useful to copy/paste (using Ctrl+'C' and Ctrl+'V') from one layer to another if you want to copy colors.


When you're done changing the symbology, click away from the symbology editor to apply the changes to the map.  Changes you've made will be saved to that particular map, so you can navigate away from it and then return and it will look the same.

'Style By'

Once you've activated the 'Style by...' option, a paint pallete icon appears next to the layer name. Click on this to choose another geography field to style by, or to change it back to 'same for all features' style.  Individual options can be removed if you don't want them to be shown by hovering over them and clicking on the trash can icon.  While the 'Style by' options are limited in record maps, you can style by any available field in view/widget maps.



Method 2: Change the default layer appearance (must have admin privileges) 

If you'd like the changes you make to be preserved across all maps, you can change the default appearance of any layer in 'the Map Layers' tab of the settings menu.

Click the settings icon in the upper right corner, then click on 'Map Layers'

You can then change any layer style.  Changes made will be pushed to all maps, but can be overridden in individual maps.  




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