Scan a hard-copy map to use in ArcGIS Desktop

Several Student Technology Centers (STCs) at Indiana University have color scanners. For locations, see Multimedia devices at IU Bloomington and IUPUI or Find a scanner at IUB or IUPUI.

When scanning a hard-copy map to use in ArcGIS, scan at high resolution (300dpi minimum) and save the image in the .tif format.

You can then add the TIF image as a data layer in ArcMap and rectify it to another layer with a specified spatial reference system that will serve as a base map product. The base map can be any map product in a specified spatial reference system (coordinate system, map projection, datum) that contains features observable on the image to be registered/rectified (e.g., road intersections).

For more, see Fundamentals of georeferencing a raster dataset from ArcGIS Help.

Also, Esri provides a Virtual Campus course called "Georeferencing Rasters in ArcGIS". For more, see Access Esri's Virtual Campus courses.

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Last modified on 2018-02-09 13:25:49.

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