Creating the neatline

The neatline component is made up of polyline features in the segments feature class. These lines follow the boundary of the source polygon, and any number of neatlines may be created. See Creating the grid component for additional information.

The neatline is offset from the source feature (area of interest), and all segments that make up the neatline can have the same setting or be unique.

You can define the neatline so the line segments have the following settings:

You can also set the offset from the source polygon using any numeric value along with any supported ArcGIS unit.

Learn more about grid units

Options are also available for the neatline densification:

Options are also available for clipping:

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. On the main menu, click Customize > Toolbars > Production Cartography to add the Production Cartography toolbar.
  3. Click the Grids and Graticules Designer window button Grids and Graticules Designer window on the Production Cartography toolbar.
  4. Create or load a grid.
  5. If necessary, right-click the Grid component in the tree view and click Add > Neatline.
  6. In the tree view, right-click the Neatline component and click Properties.

    The Neatline Properties window appears.

    Neatline properties
  7. Type a value in the Offset (+/-) text box.
  8. If you want the offset segments to connect to each other, check the Connect offset segments check box.
  9. Choose the corresponding units for the neatline offset from the source polygon.
  10. Click the appropriate settings for line segments in the Settings area.
  11. Click the appropriate option in the Neatline Densification area.
  12. If necessary, check the Clip the neatline and all subcomponents to a zone check box.
  13. Click the Coordinate System Zone drop down and choose a feature class.

    You must have preloaded a feature class in the Coordinate System Zone area on the Grid General tab.

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