Available with 3D Analyst license.
In ArcGlobe, you can view vector data as rasters. Rasterizing feature layers in ArcGlobe allows you to maintain any cartographic symbology that you might have saved in ArcMap. It's also an effective way to drape features on the globe surface. By default, 2D points, lines, and polygons are added to ArcGlobe as rasterized features. Points and lines in 3D are added as vectors.
Symbol sizes are usually defined in points (pixels). For example, a line symbol could be 2 points thick. In ArcGlobe, you can convert these point sizes into real-world units (for example, meters) and have symbol sizes remain constant in relation to the globe's surface. If this value is set too small, the feature may not be visible from long distances.
How to rasterize a feature layer in ArcGlobe:
- Right-click the feature layer in the table of contents and click Properties.
- Click the Globe Display tab.
- Check the Rasterize feature layer option.
- Specify the real-world size of a symbol point unit.
- Click OK.
The feature layer is rasterized.