Blend raster layer

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Blend a hillshade with a raster by specifying the elevation data. The resulting raster looks similar to the original raster, but with some terrain shading, giving it a textured look.

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Use case

BlendRenderer can be used to apply a color ramp to a hillshade to emphasize areas of high or low elevation. A BlendRenderer can also be used to add a hillshade effect to aerial or satellite imagery, thereby making changes in elevation more visible.

How to use the sample

Tap on "Edit Renderer" in the toolbar to change the settings for the blend renderer. Choose and adjust the altitude, azimuth, slope type and color ramp type settings to update the image.

How it works

  1. Create a Raster object from a raster file.
  2. Create a RasterLayer object from the raster.
  3. Create a Basemap object from the raster layer and set it to the map.
  4. Create another Raster object for elevation from a grayscale raster file.
  5. Create a BlendRenderer object, specifying the elevation raster, color ramp, and other properties.

    • If you specify a non-null color ramp, use the elevation raster as the base raster in addition to the elevation raster parameter. That way, the color ramp is used instead of the satellite imagery.
  6. Set the blend renderer to the raster layer.

Relevant API

  • BlendRenderer
  • ColorRamp
  • Raster
  • RasterLayer

Offline Data

Read more about how to set up the sample's offline data here.

Link Local Location
Shasta.tif raster <userhome>/ArcGIS/Runtime/Data/raster/Shasta.tif
Shasta_Elevation.tif raster <userhome>/ArcGIS/Runtime/Data/raster/Shasta_Elevation.tif

Tags

color ramp, elevation, hillshade, image, raster, raster layer, visualization

Sample Code

BlendRasterLayer.qmlBlendRasterLayer.cppBlendRasterLayer.hColorRampModel.qmlSlopeTypeModel.qml
                                                                                                                                                                                         
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// [WriteFile Name=BlendRasterLayer, Category=Layers]
// [Legal]
// Copyright 2017 Esri.

// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
// you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at
// http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
// distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
// WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
// See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
// limitations under the License.
// [Legal]

import QtQuick 2.6
import QtQuick.Controls 2.2
import QtQuick.Layouts 1.3
import Esri.Samples 1.0

BlendRasterLayerSample {
    id: rootRectangle
    clip: true
    width: 800
    height: 600

    property bool editingRenderer: false

    SlopeTypeModel {
        id: slopeTypeModel
    }

    ColorRampModel {
        id: colorRampModel
    }

    // add a mapView component
    MapView {
        anchors.fill: parent
        objectName: "mapView"
    }

    Rectangle {
        visible: editButton.visible
        anchors.centerIn: editButton
        radius: 8
        height: editButton.height + (16)
        width: editButton.width + (16)
        color: "lightgrey"
        border.color: "darkgrey"
        border.width: 2
        opacity: 0.75
    }

    Button {
        id: editButton
        anchors {
            bottom: parent.bottom
            horizontalCenter: parent.horizontalCenter
            margins: 32
        }
        visible: rendererBox.width === 0
        text: "Edit Renderer"
        onClicked: editingRenderer = true;
    }

    Rectangle {
        id: rendererBox
        clip: true
        anchors {
            right: parent.right
            top: parent.top
            bottom: parent.bottom
        }

        color: "white"
        opacity: 0.75
        width: editingRenderer ? parent.width : 0

        GridLayout {
            anchors {
                centerIn: parent
                margins: 24
            }

            columns: 2

            Text {
                text: "altitude"
            }

            SpinBox {
                id: altSpinBox
                from: 0
                to: 90
                editable: true
                textFromValue: function(value) {
                    return value.toFixed(0) + "\u00B0";
                }
                valueFromText: function(text) {
                    return parseInt(text);
                }
            }

            Text {
                text: "azimuth"
            }

            SpinBox {
                id: azimuthSpinBox
                from: 0
                to: 360
                editable: true
                textFromValue: function(value) {
                    return value.toFixed(0) + "\u00B0";
                }
                valueFromText: function(text) {
                    return parseInt(text);
                }
            }

            Text {
                text: "slope type"
            }

            ComboBox {
                id: slopeCombo
                property int modelWidth: 0
                Layout.minimumWidth: modelWidth + leftPadding + rightPadding + indicator.width
                Layout.fillWidth: true
                textRole: "name"
                model: slopeTypeModel
                Component.onCompleted : {
                    for (let i = 0; i < model.count; ++i) {
                        metrics.text = model.get(i).name;
                        modelWidth = Math.max(modelWidth, metrics.width);
                    }
                }
                TextMetrics {
                    id: metrics
                    font: slopeCombo.font
                }
            }

            Text {
                text: "color ramp"
            }

            ComboBox {
                id: colorCombo
                property int modelWidth: 0
                Layout.minimumWidth: modelWidth + leftPadding + rightPadding + indicator.width
                Layout.fillWidth: true
                textRole: "name"
                model: colorRampModel
                Component.onCompleted : {
                    for (let i = 0; i < model.count; ++i) {
                        metrics2.text = model.get(i).name;
                        modelWidth = Math.max(modelWidth, metrics2.width);
                    }
                }
                TextMetrics {
                    id: metrics2
                    font: colorCombo.font
                }
            }

            Button {
                text: "Render"
                Layout.columnSpan: 2
                Layout.alignment: Qt.AlignHCenter
                onClicked: {
                    editingRenderer = false;
                    applyRenderSettings(altSpinBox.value,
                                        azimuthSpinBox.value,
                                        slopeTypeModel.get(slopeCombo.currentIndex).value,
                                        colorRampModel.get(colorCombo.currentIndex).value);
                }
            }
        }

        Behavior on width { PropertyAnimation { duration: 500 } }
    }
}

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