Export to TGA

TGA files have historically been used for content that is meant to be used in other applications (for example, image sprites for animated games) and is read and written by many popular graphic arts applications. It supports multiple bit depths including 32 bit with alpha (transparency) support.

To export a TGA file, make sure a map or layout view is active. On the Share tab, click Map Export or Layout Export, depending on the active view, to open the Export pane. Change the File Type to TGA. Set a name and location for the file, as well as any other properties, then click Export.


Certain options are only available when exporting a map or layout. When exporting a map, you can set the size of the map export. When exporting a layout, you can clip to graphics extent.

The following properties are available when exporting to a TGA file:


Transparent background

Export a layout with a transparent page instead of a white page.

Transparent backgrounds are only supported when Color depth is set to 32-bit with Alpha.

This option is not available for maps, but transparency on a map is honored on export.


The resolution of the export file in dots per inch (dpi). DPI is only available when exporting a layout. When exporting a map, the dpi is calculated automatically.

Color depth

The number of bits to describe color in a pixel. Choose from the following:

  • 8-bit Adaptive—255 possible colors, using an adaptive palette to maintain recognizable hues
  • 8-bit Grayscale—256 shades of gray, all colors are converted to grayscale
  • 24-bit True Color—16,777,216 possible colors, good for maximum color fidelity
  • 32-bit with Alpha—16,777,216 possible colors and an alpha (transparency) channel of 255 values, useful for maps or layouts with transparency

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