Tinting Your Hillshade in ArcMap

My posts have been noticeably absent of geomatics content, so today I’ll share a tutorial that I read on tinting a hillshade in ArcMap. The tutorial is available at the following ESRI Blog post. I’ve used this technique in the past, and it’s a great way to keep your base map crisp and colourful (crisp example), instead of the typical dull appearance produced when a semi-transparent DEM layer is placed over a hillshade (dull example).

The tutorial uses pansharpening to fuse a hillshade raster with a DEM that has had a colour ramp applied to it and broken in to RGB layers. It may take a few attempts to get the final result you want, but the result is an excellent way to make your base layer really stand out. Give it a try, you may be surprised how much your hillshade’s appearance is improved.

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