I would like to change the default color ramp that ArcMap uses when I add a new raster layer to my map. I found through the menu Customize/ArcMap Options.../Raster that I can change the Stretch Type, but I haven't found where to change the default white-to-black color ramp to a different, colored one.

This would be useful because I am adding many raster layers to my map and would need to change the color ramp (and stretch type) on each one manually. I am exporting an image of each map made with a raster representing a different year to create an animation of change over time.


Here is an answer from the old Esri forums:

You can change the default settings for ArcMap by running the AdvancedArcMapSettings.exe utility located here C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Utilities. This includes changing the default colour ramp, however I'm not sure if it will allow you to use a custom ramp or not.

  • I did not know about that utility--thanks. However, changing the color ramp under the Symbols/Graphics tab, clicking Apply and Close, then closing and reopening ArcMap, did not change the default from the white-black color ramp. Were you able to make this work? – Leo Nov 6 '15 at 19:10
  • My bad. I didn't test it out on my end before posting. It doesn't seem to affect the raster color ramp. – juturna Nov 9 '15 at 14:35

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