I am using ArcMap to create backgrounds for a book of poetry where the backgrounds of poems are satellite imagery. I would like to have a section of my map be from a BW image and another from a color image, but I can only figure out how to view one basemap at a time. Would I be able to dictate boundary between two the layers.

  • Have you looked at the Swipe tool? – PolyGeo Nov 20 '18 at 21:16
  • wow. didn't even know about the image analysis window. thanks for the quick help! Is there a way to use the swipe tool in ways other than top-bottom/left-right? Also, how do you maintain the image at the swipe location? when i release the swipe tool it disappears. thanks again! – SatellitePoems Nov 20 '18 at 21:23
  • Swipe is just one way. Clipping one or both rasters may be another. If you try that and get stuck then ask another question. – PolyGeo Nov 20 '18 at 22:12

To do this I would use the Swipe Layer tool:

The Swipe Layer tool is used to interactively reveal layers beneath the layer being swiped. This tool makes it easy to see what is underneath a particular layer without having to turn it off in the table of contents.

You can access the Swipe Layer tool from within the Image Analysis window, where you interact with raster layers, and you can also access it from the Effects toolbar, where you can interact with any layer in the table of contents.

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