I am currently trying to get a group on connected polygons that are within the same feature to a raster so I can reclassify it for cost analysis. I noticed that ArcGIS for Desktop has a "feature to raster" and "polygon to raster" tool that I can use. Both of the tools recognize my layer, and they seem like they will accomplish the same task, however, I was wondering if there is one that I should use in my specific scenario over the other, or does it really not matter?


Feature to raster will convert lines, points or polygon features to rasters, while polygon to raster will only convert polygons.

http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.2/index.html#//00120000002v000000 http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.2/index.html#//001200000030000000

They both can handle polygons, which is why they are completing what you are trying to do.

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  • So why is there both options, if the feature to raster tool will just do it all? – Cameron Sloan Aug 3 '15 at 17:11
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    From the description of Feature to Raster --"This tool always uses the cell center to decide the value of a raster pixel. If more control over how different types of input feature geometries are to be converted, please refer to the respective specific conversion tools: Point to Raster, Polyline to Raster, and Polygon to Raster." – George Aug 4 '15 at 21:16

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