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Raster rendering rule

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Display a raster on a map and apply different rendering rules to that raster.


Use case

Raster images whose individual pixels represent elevation values can be rendered in a number of different ways, including representation of slope, aspect, hillshade, and shaded relief. Applying these different rendering rules to the same raster allows for a powerful visual analysis of the data. For example, a geologist could interrogate the raster image to map subtle geological features on a landscape, which may become apparent only through comparing the raster when rendered using several different rules.

How to use the sample

Run the sample and use the drop-down menu at the top to select a rendering rule.

How it works

  1. Create an ImageServiceRaster using a URL to an online image service.
  2. After loading the raster, use imageServiceRaster.ServiceInfo.RenderingRuleInfos to get a list of RenderingRuleInfo supported by the service.
  3. Choose a rendering rule info to apply and use it to create a RenderingRule.
  4. Create a new ImageServiceRaster using the same URL.
  5. Apply the rendering rule to the new raster.
  6. Create a RasterLayer from the raster for display.

Relevant API

  • ImageServiceRaster
  • RasterLayer
  • RenderingRule

About the data

This raster image service contains 9 LAS files covering Charlotte, North Carolina's downtown area. The lidar data was collected in 2007. Four Raster Rules are available for selection: None, RFTAspectColor, RFTHillshade, and RFTShadedReliefElevationColorRamp.

Additional information

Image service rasters of any type can have rendering rules applied to them; they need not necessarily be elevation rasters. For a list of raster functions and the syntax for rendering rules, see the ArcGIS REST API documentation:


raster, rendering rules, visualization

Sample Code

        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" />
        <Border  Style="{StaticResource BorderStyle}">
                <TextBlock Text="Select a rendering rule."
                           TextWrapping="Wrap" TextAlignment="Center" FontWeight="SemiBold" />
                <ComboBox x:Name="RenderingRuleChooser"
                          SelectionChanged="comboBox_RenderingRuleChooser_SelectionChanged" />
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using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.ArcGISServices;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Rasters;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using Windows.UI.Popups;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.UWP.Samples.RasterRenderingRule
        "Raster rendering rule",
        "This sample demonstrates how to create an `ImageServiceRaster`, fetch the `RenderingRule`s from the service info, and use a `RenderingRule` to create an `ImageServiceRaster` and add it to a raster layer.",
    public partial class RasterRenderingRule
        public RasterRenderingRule()

            // Setup the control references and execute initialization

        // Create an empty read-only list for the various rendering rules of the image service raster
        private IReadOnlyList<RenderingRuleInfo> _myReadOnlyListRenderRuleInfos;

        // Create a Uri for the image server
        private readonly Uri _imageServerUri = new Uri("");

        private async void Initialize()
            // Assign a new map to the MapView
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(Basemap.CreateStreets());

            // Create a new image service raster from the Uri
            ImageServiceRaster myImageServiceRaster = new ImageServiceRaster(_imageServerUri);

                // Load the image service raster
                await myImageServiceRaster.LoadAsync();

                // Get the ArcGIS image service info (metadata) from the image service raster
                ArcGISImageServiceInfo myArcGISImageServiceInfo = myImageServiceRaster.ServiceInfo;

                // Get the full extent envelope of the image service raster (the Charlotte, NC area)
                Envelope myEnvelope = myArcGISImageServiceInfo.FullExtent;

                // Define a new view point from the full extent envelope
                Viewpoint myViewPoint = new Viewpoint(myEnvelope);

                // Zoom to the area of the full extent envelope of the image service raster
                await MyMapView.SetViewpointAsync(myViewPoint);

                // Get the rendering rule info (i.e. definitions of how the image should be drawn) info from the image service raster
                _myReadOnlyListRenderRuleInfos = myArcGISImageServiceInfo.RenderingRuleInfos;

                // Loop through each rendering rule info
                foreach (RenderingRuleInfo myRenderingRuleInfo in _myReadOnlyListRenderRuleInfos)
                    // Get the name of the rendering rule info
                    string myRenderingRuleName = myRenderingRuleInfo.Name;

                    // Add the name of the rendering rule info to the combo box

                // Set the combo box index to the first rendering rule info name
                RenderingRuleChooser.SelectedIndex = 0;
            catch (Exception e)
                await new MessageDialog(e.ToString(), "Error").ShowAsync();

        /// <summary>
        /// Called when a rendering rule info name is changed in the combo box
        /// </summary>
        private void comboBox_RenderingRuleChooser_SelectionChanged(object sender, SelectionChangedEventArgs e)
            // Loop through each rendering rule info in the image service raster
            foreach (RenderingRuleInfo myRenderingRuleInfo in _myReadOnlyListRenderRuleInfos)
                // Get the name of the rendering rule info
                string myRenderingRuleName = myRenderingRuleInfo.Name;

                // If the name of the rendering rule info matches what was chosen in the combo box, proceed
                if (myRenderingRuleName == (string)RenderingRuleChooser.SelectedItem)
                    // Create a new rendering rule from the rendering rule info
                    RenderingRule myRenderingRule = new RenderingRule(myRenderingRuleInfo);

                    // Create a new image service raster
                    ImageServiceRaster myImageServiceRaster = new ImageServiceRaster(_imageServerUri)

                        // Set the image service raster's rendering rule to the rendering rule created earlier
                        RenderingRule = myRenderingRule

                    // Create a new raster layer from the image service raster
                    RasterLayer myRasterLayer = new RasterLayer(myImageServiceRaster);

                    // Add the raster layer to the operational layers of the  map view