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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Custom Shaded Relief in ArcMap

A clean hillshade is only the beginning when constructing a realistic depiction of landscapes for a map. After you have the shaded relief dialed, you need to spice it up a bit with some landcover, and maybe some prominent features like glaciers (if you’re lucky enough to have them). That’s exactly what is demonstrated in the video below. Through the use of layers and transparencies, it is possible to break up the even stretch of a color ramp and add some texture to the scene. There is no “absolute rule” for the combinations of settings that make for a beautiful custom relief. But that’s the fun – experimenting with every option until you achieve the right look. Here are some tips to start, it’s your job to play through to the end.

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