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How can I create shaded relief from contour lines (.shp format)? I see Hillshade in ArcToolbox, but it asks for a raster file. I have ArcGIS 10.0.

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You first need to create a raster layer from your vector contour layer. You can use the Topo to Raster tool under the Spatial Analysis Tools>Interpolation toolbox (reference via vs 9.3.1 not sure if it is the same in 10). Once you have your raster layer, then you can use the Hillshade tool.

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Ok, thank you. But when I create raster with Topo to Raster, and then Hillshade tool, I get small resolution raster, and I need bigger resolution. –  againstflow Mar 25 '11 at 14:47
    
How can I get raster with better resolution? –  againstflow Mar 25 '11 at 15:04
    
@against webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.3/… –  whuber Mar 25 '11 at 15:09
    
I still don't know what value I should write in Output cell size. –  againstflow Mar 25 '11 at 15:15
    
I need 5m resolution, but when I enter 5, it gives me error. –  againstflow Mar 25 '11 at 15:21

contour to terrain then terrain to raster. More control over the output pixel size.

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