I have a large mosaic of tiffs in which I need to do the following: -Combine bands 4,3,2, for an infrared image then convert the image to grayscale without producing another dataset -This is easy on QGIS but I need to execute this on ArcGIS 10.1

Is there a way to render the image like on QGIS?

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There is no direct method, but there are two ways of achieving this.

First, it can be done using the image analysis window (Windows > Image analysis). Select your image, then apply your function (fct button in "Processing") on it. To select a function (in your case, "composite band" and/or " grayscale"), right-click on the identity function and select "insert"). Mainly interesting if you have many functions to apply.

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On the image, you see my "on the fly" grayscale image from a multispectral image.

The other method consists in computing your grayscale image (band1 + band 2+ band3)/3 in raster calculator with an in memory output. No need to create a composite raster before.


As a remark, slightly out of ArcGIS, ArcGIS supports the vrt format. So you could also create a vrt and open it in ArcGIS.

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