Error: Invalid or unsupported picture format. Picture not inserted

Error Message

This article pertains to ArcGIS versions 9.x and 10.0 only. Later versions of ArcGIS may contain different functionality, as well as different names and locations for menus, commands and geoprocessing tools.

Upon inserting a JPEG2000 image file into ArcMap, the following error message displays:

"Invalid or unsupported picture format. Picture not inserted."


JPEG2000 is not a supported format for ArcMap Insert picture.

Solution or Workaround

Convert the JPEG2000 file to a supported format when selecting 'Insert Picture'. For example, use IrfanView to convert a JPEG2000 file to any of the supported formats. The following formats are supported:

  • JPEG (*.jpg)
  • GIF, (*.gif)
  • TIFF (*.tif)
  • Windows Enhanced Metafile (*.emf) Windows Bitmap (*.bmp)
  • PNG (*.png)