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How To: Convert individual raster bands into a color or multiband image

Summary

Instructions provided describe how to convert individual bands from a satellite image, such as Landsat, Iknonos, and Quickbird, into a multiband (color) image.

Procedure

  1. In ArcToolbox, navigate to Data Management Tools > Raster > Composite Bands and open this tool.
  2. Specify the individual raster bands as the input rasters.

    Note:
    The order in which the individual raster layers are listed are how they output to the output raster. The first layer is the red band, the second layer is the green band, and the third layer is the blue band. If working with greater than three bands, the other layers are also added in order but are not assigned to a red, green or blue value.

  3. Specify a path and a name for the output raster.

    Note:
    If a GRID stack is not desired, enter a *.tif or *.img extension or write to a geodatabase.

  4. Click OK to run the tool.