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I want to model a 3D scene, showing layers floating above a flat map. Currently, I am able to show the floating layers, but I cannot add the bottommost map layer. I just want to add a "basemap", like ArcMap allows, but none of the files seem to be compatible. Just saving a basemap as a lyr file in ArcMap and importing it in ArcScene does not work, and raster images obtained from the Internet do not line up properly when added to the scene.

I know that the online basemaps that are available in ArcMap do not work in ArcScene. I was wondering if there was any way to add a simple, flat map to a scene in ArcScene?

The illustration below illustrates what I want as my final product:

The intended final product

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    I suppose you could clip/export the basemap layer to a raster covering your area of interest. Side note, basemap layers DO work in ArcGlobe, but are confirmed to not work in ArcScene. – blah238 Oct 9 '12 at 0:04
  • @blah238 I have actually tried exporting the portion of the map I need to a JPEG and TIFF, but neither of them appear in the right location, nor appear in the right size in ArcScene. I haven't used the "clip" tool, but just kept the part of the map I needed in the view window. This seems to clip it automatically, but maybe that is where I am wrong... And I know ArcGlobe can use basemaps, but I really need the camera rotation flexibility that ArcScene offers. – N-C Oct 9 '12 at 3:46
  • I suppose there is ArcGlobe for having such a base layer.. – najuste Oct 9 '12 at 7:39
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  • Add basemap to ArcMap
  • Export to jpeg or tiff
  • Add exported jpeg / tiff to ArcMap
  • Georeference the exported image
  • Update Georeferencing!
  • Add georeferenced image to ArcScene
  • Set Base Heigt to constant elevation or float on surface (DEM, TIN)
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    I don't think georeferencing should be necessary, the export or clip functions should maintain the georeferencing automatically. – blah238 Oct 9 '12 at 19:56
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    Good point. Should work, but only while in DATA VIEW. Options to export georeferencing info are not available when in Layout View. – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Oct 10 '12 at 13:26

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