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Colormap renderer

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Apply a colormap renderer to a raster.

Image of colormap renderer

Use case

A colormap renderer transforms pixel values in a raster to display raster data based on specific colors, aiding in visual analysis of the data. For example, a forestry commission may want to quickly visualize areas above and below the tree-line line occurring at a know elevation on a raster containing elevation values. They could overlay a transparent colormap set to color those areas below the tree-line elevation green, and those above white.

How to use the sample

Pan and zoom to explore the effect of the colormap applied to the raster.

How it works

To apply a ColormapRenderer to a RasterLayer:

  1. Create a Raster from a raster file.
  2. Create a RasterLayer from the raster.
  3. Create an IEnumerable<Color> representing colors. Colors at the beginning of the list replace the darkest values in the raster and colors at the end of the list replaced the brightest values of the raster.
  4. Create a ColormapRenderer with the color list: ColormapRenderer(colors), and apply it to the raster layer with rasterLayer.Renderer = colormapRenderer.

Relevant API

  • Map
  • Basemap
  • ColormapRenderer
  • MapView
  • Raster
  • RasterLayer

Offline data

ShastaBW.tif raster

About the data

The raster used in this sample shows an area in the south of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California.


data, colormap, raster, renderer, visualization

Sample Code

<ContentPage xmlns=""
    <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView"/>
// Copyright 2019 Esri.
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
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using ArcGISRuntime.Samples.Managers;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Rasters;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Linq;
using Xamarin.Forms;
using Color = System.Drawing.Color;

namespace ArcGISRuntimeXamarin.Samples.RasterColormapRenderer
        name: "Colormap renderer",
        category: "Layers",
        description: "Apply a colormap renderer to a raster.",
        instructions: "Pan and zoom to explore the effect of the colormap applied to the raster.",
        tags: new[] { "colormap", "data", "raster", "renderer", "visualization", "Featured" })]
    public partial class RasterColormapRenderer : ContentPage
        // A single band raster file.
        private readonly string _rasterPath = DataManager.GetDataFolder("95392f99970d4a71bd25951beb34a508", "shasta", "ShastaBW.tif");

        public RasterColormapRenderer()

        private async void Initialize()
            // Add an imagery basemap.
            Map map = new Map(Basemap.CreateImagery());

            // Load the raster file.
            Raster rasterFile = new Raster(_rasterPath);

            // Create the layer.
            RasterLayer rasterLayer = new RasterLayer(rasterFile);

            // Create a color map where values 0-149 are red and 150-249 are yellow.
            IEnumerable<Color> colors = new int[250]
               .Select((c, i) => i < 150 ? Color.Red : Color.Yellow);

            // Create a colormap renderer.
            ColormapRenderer colormapRenderer = new ColormapRenderer(colors);

            // Set the colormap renderer on the raster layer.
            rasterLayer.Renderer = colormapRenderer;

            // Add the layer to the map.

            // Add map to the mapview.
            MyMapView.Map = map;

                // Wait for the layer to load.
                await rasterLayer.LoadAsync();

                // Set the viewpoint.
                await MyMapView.SetViewpointGeometryAsync(rasterLayer.FullExtent, 15);
            catch (Exception e)
                await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Error", e.Message, "OK");