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How To: How to clip a raster to a shapefile using Extract by Mask tool from ArcToolbox

Summary

Instructions provided describe how to clip a raster based on a polygon shapefile or feature class.

Note:
This can only be performed one band at a time. For color images (multiband), each individual band needs to be run through this procedure. The resulting bands need to be grouped back together with the 'Composite Bands' tool.


Note:
The Spatial Analyst extension is required to access the proper tools.

Procedure

  1. In ArcToolbox navigate to Spatial Analyst Tools > Extraction > Extract by Mask. Open this tool.
  2. Specify the raster desired to clip as the input raster.
  3. Specify the polygon feature class/shapefile desired to clip the raster.
  4. Specify an output raster.
  5. Click OK to run the tool.

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