How can I create shaded relief from contour lines (.shp format)?

I see Hillshade in ArcToolbox, but it asks for a raster file.

I have ArcGIS 10.0.


You first need to create a raster layer from your vector contour layer. You can use the Topo to Raster tool under the Spatial Analysis Tools>Interpolation toolbox (reference via vs 9.3.1 not sure if it is the same in 10). Once you have your raster layer, then you can use the Hillshade tool.

  • Ok, thank you. But when I create raster with Topo to Raster, and then Hillshade tool, I get small resolution raster, and I need bigger resolution. – againstflow Mar 25 '11 at 14:47
  • How can I get raster with better resolution? – againstflow Mar 25 '11 at 15:04
  • @against webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.3/… – whuber Mar 25 '11 at 15:09
  • I still don't know what value I should write in Output cell size. – againstflow Mar 25 '11 at 15:15
  • I need 5m resolution, but when I enter 5, it gives me error. – againstflow Mar 25 '11 at 15:21

contour to terrain then terrain to raster. More control over the output pixel size.

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