I have a single band raster file( that it is Grayscale) and I changed its symbology to unique value with a Known color ramp.

How can I save this raster file with its color ramp (to .tiff) so that it is displayed with that color ramp outside of ArcMap (in any picture viewer software)?

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    what do you mean by "outside of arcmap" ? Another GIS software or simply a "picture" viewer ?
    – radouxju
    Commented Dec 4, 2017 at 12:40
  • My mean is a picture viewer software.
    – Reza
    Commented Dec 5, 2017 at 5:08

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For viewing in a picture viewer software, which often do not read colormaps properly, the most robust method is to export an rgb file (in 3*8bits).

Simply go to file > Export map and this will create an RGB file in the format that you need. In layout view, you can make a map layout. In data view, the current display extent will be exported.


Another way is to right-click the raster layer with the symbology in the table of content -> Data -> Export data

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Under Output Raster check both Use Rendered and Force RGB

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You can open the output raster file (tif format) in any picture editing/viewing software such as Photoshop, GIMP, or any other software.

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