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How to add raster mosaic?

Multiple rasters can be automatically combined and added to the map as a mosaic. This option is useful when adding many rasters to the map. For uploading bigger rasters (size more than 500 MB), please use Secure File Transfer Protocol.

Note: GIS Cloud supports multiband (RGB 8-bit and 16-bit) and single-band rasters. However, if you wish to add 16-bit, then some data preparation is needed. Please look at step 8.

In this example, we will show how to add two TIFF rasters as a mosaic (single layer) to the map. You can upload a single TIFF raster also, just follow the same steps proceeding with a single image. 

  1. Open Map Editor.
  2. Upload the rasters to File Manager.
  1. Move all rasters to a single folder.
  2. Open the map and click Add layer.
  3. Navigate to the folder where the rasters are stored.
  1. In File name box enter *.tif
  2. Click Select. The rasters should be added to the map as a single layer.
  3. If you added 16-bit raster, then double click on the layer to open Layer Properties and in Appearance window for Source range put from 0 to 65535. If you added 8-bit raster, then ignore this step.

Also, it is possible to remove the black edges on your rasters. Learn more about it in our user guide. Take a look at this VIDEO to learn how to do that as well.

Useful notes on editing your raster layers: 

  • *.tif will add all the rasters in the folder as a single layer. 
  • “*” replaces the letters in the name of the raster and it is possible to combine the names of rasters with “*” (e.g., 2016*.tif will add to the map all rasters whose name starts with ‘2016’. This option is useful if only some of the rasters need to be added to the map.)
  • NoValue data is usually 0, but it can be different too. Try adjusting NoData Value to 1,2,3, etc.
  • If the edges are white, set NoData Value to 255.
  • If there are some “crumbs” left in place of black edges, it is necessary to adjust the source range. The source range is by default set from 0 to 255. If there are “crumbs” left, that means that the black edge was not black but a shade different. You can try to adjust the source to e.g. 5 to 255. Values from 0 to 4 will be hidden.
  • GIS Cloud also supports 16-bit rasters, but it is needed to adjust its source range from 0 to 65535.

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