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.

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.

Learn more about converting features to raster data

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


Feature to Raster

Converts features to a raster 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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