I am wondering how to or if it is possible to crop a SPOT satellite image (the image has black edges) using ArcMap 10 and if so how do you do this.

  • All the above or you can run Raster Calcuater using Set Null<> 0
    Apr 18 '13 at 15:11

Keep in mind that all imagery will have a bounding box based on the rectangular extent of data. Even the results from Extract by Mask have a rectangular bounding box where values outside of the region of interest are assigned NoData values. In other cases, data outside of your area of interest, yet within the bounding box are often assigned either 0 or NoData values. How you display these data is up to you. If there is a black collar around your dataset, I recommend two approaches:

  1. Reassign "collar" values to NoData using the Con (Spatial Analyst) command.

Or choose a different display color for the zone outside of your area of interest

  1. Select the "blue identify" button on the dashboard. Then select the black background to determine the pixel value.

  2. Right click on your raster layer in the table of contents, select Properties > Symbology.

  3. Choose the color display you want.

  4. Check the "Display Background Value" "YOUR_VALUE_HERE" as No Color.

  5. Alternatively, in the same symbology window, "Display NoData as" No Color.

  • Thank you! this worked for me, using the display noData as no colour method. this makes my life a lot easier thank you.
    – heather
    Apr 18 '13 at 15:47

I would suggest trying the extract by mask tool, which is in Spatial Analyst Tools, Extraction toolbox.

  • If I recall, doesn't that tool require a Polygon as the mask input, defining the area within which the image is extracted? ...I think they may end up with the same black border as a result of ArcGIS loading the raster according to its MBR.
    – elrobis
    Apr 18 '13 at 14:41
  • you do need a polygon mask, but if the polygon excludes the black edges the output should be clear.
    – MAJ742
    Apr 18 '13 at 14:42
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    I just think that utility is more appropriate when you want to impose a special shape on a raster (like a watershed basin?) or if you truly want a smaller image. Given that the OP noted "the image has black edges", I suspect use of the word "crop" was due to greater familiarity with other software, like Photoshop. The black edges mentioned are typically rendered if the raster tile is not a super-perfect square, and satellite graphics are usually off-axis. IMO, setting the Display Background Value should be tested before running a computationally-intensive extract by mask.
    – elrobis
    Apr 18 '13 at 15:10
  • Agreed, I guess it depends on what @heather is trying to achieve with the data.
    – MAJ742
    Apr 18 '13 at 15:20

@MAJ742 may be right---but before you run a long geoprocessing task on a big SPOT raster, go into the raster layer's properties, and try setting the Display Background Value to transparent/No Color.

This site at geosoft.com provides some tips (including the image, below), but your looking for the following screen:

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Here's another page with some tips, scroll down to the heading "Raster Layer tab".

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