I need to apply stretch to ArcGIS 10.1 exported raster. The best way to accomplish this task: Image Analysis Window, because there are fine tools to equalize raster data.

1 - This is my IRS-P6 24m cell size, Landsat's ETM+ equivalent. My goal: export the raster with histogram stretch:

Raster with ArcGIS 10 Color Balance

Full Resolution: http://goo.gl/0KlvS

2 - Now we have the exported raster. Unfortunately, the exported raster does not save equalization or color balance adjusted in the original raster data. The file was exported without histogram curves.

Exported Raster without color balance

Full Resolution: http://goo.gl/PWpG0

So, the only function of the ArcGIS 10.1 Image Analysis stretch is for visualization?


You're absolutely supposed to be able to do this. The blockquote below is from the end of this ESRI blog post:

Creating your display by using the Image Analysis window instead of mosaic datasets results in a temporary raster. If you want to keep your results, export the layer that you added the functions to from ArcMap. To do this, right-click the layer in the table of contents and click Export Data. The data you save can now be added to an ArcMap session and will display with the final results.

  • Ok Dude, I try this way many times, but the Export Data menu does not save the stretch. The ESRI's blog shows the technique to convert colormap to RGB. Where am I wrong? – Jorge Santos Jun 29 '12 at 18:14
  • I'm not saying you're wrong - maybe it's a 10.1 thing, but the work in that blog post creates a new 'temporary' layer with a pansharpening function and it saved WITH the changes to disk for me. – Roy Jun 29 '12 at 18:20

The key here is - in the Export Data dialog box select the option to 'Use Renderer'. http://support.esri.com/en/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/34949

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