Raster information can be stored in several different data file formats that can be read by ArcGIS. With the To Raster toolset, you can convert these files into raster datasets. There are also tools that allow you to convert different types of feature information into rasters.
The raster file formats that can be added to your map display but cannot be created as output directly are ASCII Grid, USGS DEM, and floating-point raster files. There is a tool available to convert each of these formats into a raster dataset. The toolset also provides a tool that gives you the ability to convert many rasters at once to a specific output raster format of your choosing.
Feature data comes in several forms: point, line, polygon, and multipatch. There is a tool that can convert point, line, or polygon feature data into a raster, but there are also tools for each specific feature type that provide greater control over the conversion process. 3D surface models stored as multipatch features can be converted into rasters for further analysis.
Lidar data in the form of a LAS dataset can also be converted into a raster dataset.
The available tools for converting existing data formats to a raster output are listed in the following table.
Converts an ASCII file representing raster data to a raster dataset.
Converts a digital elevation model (DEM) in a United States Geological Survey (USGS) format to a raster dataset.
Converts features to a raster dataset.
Converts a file of binary floating-point values representing raster data to a raster dataset.
Creates a raster using elevation, intensity, or RGB values stored in the lidar points referenced by the LAS dataset.
Converts multipatch features to a raster dataset.
Converts point features to a raster dataset.
Converts polygon features to a raster dataset.
Converts polyline features to a raster dataset.
Converts one or more raster datasets to a different format.