I'm trying to turn a PNG that looks like this to a shapefile with polygons that keep the categories marked by the colors on the map.

enter image description here

I have several maps to process, so manually tracing the polygons is not a valid option.

I tried to do this with arcpy.RasterToPolygon, from here :

import arcpy
from arcpy import env
env.workspace = "C:/data"
arcpy.RasterToPolygon_conversion("zone", "c:/output/zones.shp", "NO_SIMPLIFY",

In this case "zone" is the input PNG, this layer is already georeferenced to its actual location. zones.shp is the filename where I want to store the new features.

I get the following error:

Runtime error  Traceback (most recent call last):   
File "<string>", line 5, in <module>   
File "c:\program files (x86)\arcgis\desktop10.4\arcpy\arcpy\conversion.py", line 337, in RasterToPolygon     
raise e ExecuteError: ERROR 010151: No features found in c:\gis\output\control_test.shp. 
Possible empty feature class. Failed to execute (RasterToPolygon).

Is it possible to fix this error or to use another function to get to my goal?

I have the original PNG as an SVG with vector drawn polygons if that helps.

  • Can you provide more details about your inputs and/or provide a code snippet? – GeoSharp Dec 2 '16 at 18:10
  • @GeoSharp sure, I made edits to the question to have more context on the inputs – buzoherbert Dec 2 '16 at 19:10
  • It would be more helpful if you showed your code rather than copying the snippet from the documentation... – GeoSharp Dec 2 '16 at 19:15
  • @GeoSharp I literally used the same code as the snippet, I don't know what other changes I can do to it to make it work – buzoherbert Dec 2 '16 at 19:29
  • @Paul Thanks! How can I execute the tool from desktop? If I only use the PNG, how will I be able to add the georeferencing to it? – buzoherbert Dec 2 '16 at 20:22

I just downloaded your image (no coordinates of course) and ran the following:


Note the file extension on the image is required.

And here's the output: enter image description here

  • Thank you! I have the shapes now in ArcGIS, but the conversion didn't take into account the cloropeth categories on the original PNG. Is there a way to consider this? – buzoherbert Dec 2 '16 at 21:58

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