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An overview of the To Raster toolset

Raster information can be stored in several different data file formats that can be read by ArcGIS. With the To Raster toolset, you can convert these files into raster datasets. There are also tools that allow you to convert different types of feature information into rasters.

The raster file formats that can be added to your map display but cannot be created as output directly are ASCII Grid, USGS DEM, and floating-point raster files. There is a tool available to convert each of these formats into a raster dataset. The toolset also provides a tool that gives you the ability to convert many rasters at once to a specific output raster format of your choosing.

Feature data comes in several forms: point, line, polygon, and multipatch. There is a tool that can convert point, line, or polygon feature data into a raster, but there are also tools for each specific feature type that provide greater control over the conversion process. 3D surface models stored as multipatch features can be converted into rasters for further analysis.

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Lidar data in the form of a LAS dataset can also be converted into a raster dataset.

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The available tools for converting existing data formats to a raster output are listed in the following table.


ASCII to Raster

Converts an ASCII file representing raster data to a raster dataset.

DEM to Raster

Converts a digital elevation model (DEM) in a United States Geological Survey (USGS) format to a raster dataset.

Feature to Raster

Converts features to a raster dataset.

Float to Raster

Converts a file of binary floating-point values representing raster data to a raster dataset.

LAS Dataset to Raster

Creates a raster using elevation, intensity, or RGB values stored in the lidar points referenced by the LAS dataset.

Multipatch to Raster

Converts multipatch features to a raster dataset.

Point to Raster

Converts point features to a raster dataset.

Polygon to Raster

Converts polygon features to a raster dataset.

Polyline to Raster

Converts polyline features to a raster dataset.

Raster To Other Format

Converts one or more raster datasets to a different format.

Tools in the To Raster conversion toolset

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