i want to create a nice hillshade map covered by a grid or RGB map, with similar colour results in ArcMap like this:

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Is there a way to achieve this in ArcGis without transparency settings which fades colours, and not QGIS, or GlobalMapper?

More like a blend in, described in various threads but with ArcGIS Desktop 10.


If you have an RGB map, you can use the pansharpening option in the symbology (RGB composite) of your RGB, selecting the Hillshade instead of a panchromatic image.

  • I made a 3 band RGB layer, but i cannot find the option in symbology for deselcting panchromatic. There is only strechted, RGB composite and colormap. Any hints? :) – arvandus Sep 9 '14 at 13:56
  • when you are in RGB composite, go down and you'll find it. It is often hidden because the window is too small. – radouxju Sep 9 '14 at 20:14
  • Ok, ive found the option. But when i insert the hillshade, the map jst turns blank. What can that be? resolution or size, pixel deepth? – arvandus Sep 10 '14 at 15:31
  • (+1) The pan-sharpening approach is described in a couple of ESRI blogs at blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2012/01/18/… and blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2012/03/08/…. – whuber Sep 19 '14 at 19:14

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