How can I generate a hillshade from contour lines? I have attached a sample file of contour line data. Please try to generate a hillshade from the attached data and send me the results. Please send me the tutorial to make a hillshade.
Mapping Center Answer:
You can create a hillshade dataset from your contour lines pretty easily.
The first step is to create a DEM from your contour lines using the Topo to Raster tool (Spatial Analyst Tools > Interpolation > Topo to Raster). This tool will give you an output that you can use to create your hillshade from.
Once you have created a DEM from your contour lines, the next step is to use the Hillshade tool (Spatial Analyst Tools > Surface > Hillshade). Use your newly created DEM as the input for this tool.
The Mapping Center Team has covered many tips and tricks for hillshade effects and management. I did a quick search on the Mapping Center Blog and came up with the following results that you may find useful:
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