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Clipping an image or raster in ArcGIS

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There are many ways to clip out a part of an image or raster in ArcGIS. What you choose may depend on what you’re doing. For example, if you’re using ArcMap and have a graphic, you can use the Clip button on the Image Analysis window. Or if you want to clip something as part of an automated process you can write a script or model that uses the Clip tool.

To help you decide what to use, here are the different options and the results you will get.

Clipping Option

Remove Inside

Remove Outside

Data > Export Data (or Image Analysis window > Export)- Using Selected Graphics (clipping)

X

Data > Export Data (or Image Analysis window > Export)- Using Selected Graphics (clipping) + Clip Inside

X

Image Analysis
window > Clip button

X

Image Analysis window > Mask button

X

Clip function (Inside)

X

Clip function (Outside).

X

Extract By Mask tool.

X

Clip tool (w Output Extent)

X* (envelope)
.
X

Written by: Melanie Harlow

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Simon W

Simon is an Esri product engineer on the Raster team. He works mainly with Pixel Editor, raster visualization, georeferencing, and documentation.

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