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Creating a hillshade without a DEM

August 04 2011 | 0 comments
Categories: Map Data

Can a hillshade be created without a DEM? Can I do it with just the contours? Do I need a special extension like 3d? I have the bare earth LiDAR and the contours available.

Mapping Center Answer:

Yes, you can do this, but you will need the 3D Analyst extension.  First, create a TIN from the contours uisng the Create TIN tool and then create a grid from the TIN using the TIN to Raster tool.

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