Invalid raster dataset. Failed to create raster layer

Last Published: April 7, 2021

Error Message

The content in this article pertains to ArcGIS versions 8.x and 9.x only. Later versions of ArcGIS may contain different functionality, as well as different names and locations for menus, commands and geoprocessing tools.

The following error displays when adding an ArcMap exported PNG as a picture to ArcMap:

Invalid raster dataset. Failed to create raster layer.


This is a known issue with the ArcMap PNG exporter. PNG images over a certain size are corrupted.

Solution or Workaround

Select one of the following options below:

  • Use a different export format.
  • Decrease the size of the map and/or the output resolution.

Article ID:000008818

  • ArcMap 9 x
  • ArcMap 8 x

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