How do I create multiple raster layers group, for example when using several aerial photos?

I wish to group the layers into one so that I can edit/select as a batch rather than having to click on individual layers.

I use ArcGIS Desktop 10.2.

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    Are you looking to mosaic the imagery?
    – Paul
    Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 20:35
  • Thank you for your reply! This won't work for me, because i want to be able to work with the rasters separately.
    – Nikos
    Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 11:38
  • Can you explain what you mean by 'edit/select as a batch'? Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 16:48

3 Answers 3


If Mosaic isn't what you need then take a look at

Working with group layers: http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.2/index.html#//00s500000011000000

within Arc.


Firstly, you can create a raster catalog and then, for instance, loads all the raster datasets stored in the same workspace into it with the Workspace To Raster Catalog tool.


Use the Mosaic To New Raster tool to merge multiple rasters into a new output raster.

  • Thank you for your reply! I actually want to work with every layer separately.
    – Nikos
    Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 11:37
  • What does mean group in one layer and work with every layer separately? Maybe do you mean a raster catalog? If so, I've updated the answer. Otherwise, Rob's answer is what you need. Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 12:11

If you aren't looking to mosaic your rasters, it sounds like you just want to group them.

Have a look at creating a Group Layer on the ESRI help page.

If that doesn't help, perhaps have a look at the Overview of the Raster Toolset on the ESRI help page.

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