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How To: Create a multiband raster from Landsat 8 band images

Summary

A multiband raster from Landsat 8 band images can be created in ArcMap, either by using the Composite Bands (Data Management) tool or the Composite Bands button in the Image Analysis window.

Note:
The instructions provided also apply for compositing other raster datasets, to create a multiband raster.

Procedure

The instructions provided describe how to create a multiband raster from Landsat 8 band images.

Option A:

Use the Composite Bands (Data Management) tool.

1. In ArcMap, navigate to Geoprocessing > ArcToolbox > Data Management Tools > Raster > Raster Processing > Composite Bands.
2. Click the browse button, and search for the desired input raster.
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3. Specify the name and location of the output raster, and click OK.
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Note:
If working outside a geodatabase, specify the extension of the output raster.

Option B:

Use the Composite Bands button in the Image Analysis window.

1. In ArcMap, add the raster bands to the map document.
2. Navigate to Windows > Image Analysis.
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3. In the Image Analysis window, hold down the shift key and select the band images.
4. Click the Composite Bands button.
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Note:
The output of the Image Analysis window is added to the map document as a temporary layer. To save the output layer as a raster dataset, click the Export button on the Image Analysis window and specify the output location of the raster dataset.

Note:
The output raster of both options is generated as an RGB composite. To change it to a Stretched value composite, right-click the layer > Properties > Symbology. Under the Show section, select the 'Stretched' option, and specify the band to be used for the stretch values. Input the desired parameters, and click OK.
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