Inserting a Raster Image
Concept Procedure Quick Reference

To insert a raster image

  1. To insert an ECW or SID file, you must first download the free Raster Object Enabler from
  2. Click Home tabData panelInsert An Image. At the Command prompt, enter mapiinsert.
  3. In the Insert Image dialog box, select the drive and folder that contains the image(s).
  4. In the Files Of Type box, select the file format of the image(s) to insert.
    Note To insert more than one image type at a time, select All Images.
  5. In the list of images, select the images to insert.
    Tip For information about an image, click Information to display the file size, creation date, and other information, as well as a preview of the image.
  6. To view or modify the image correlation data, select Modify Correlation.
  7. Click Open.

    If Modify Correlation is not selected or if you are inserting more than one image, the Image Correlation dialog box does not appear and the images are inserted using their default correlation information. AutoCAD Map 3D searches in this order for correlation information:

    • World file
    • Resource file (.res extension)
    • Tab file (.tab file)
    • Image file
    • Settings from the Raster Extension Options dialog box

    If you selected Modify Correlation, the Image Correlation dialog box displays. The image frame, which indicates where the image will be inserted, is displayed in your drawing.

    Tip If you cannot see the image frame, use the ZOOM or PAN commands to bring it into view while leaving the Image Correlation dialog box open.
  8. Do one of the following:
    • To insert the image using the current settings, click OK.
    • To use a different correlation source, select the correlation source from the Correlation Source list.
    • To change the insertion point, rotation, or scale, type the appropriate values. For more information, see To correlate an image during insertion.
    • To resize or orient the image to existing vectors or images, click the image frame while the Image Correlation dialog box is open.
    • To define the insertion point, rotation, and scale onscreen, select the Insertion tab. Click Pick. For more information, see To adjust the image frame manually during insertion.
    • To specify the density units for the image, select the Source tab. Select Units.
  9. Click OK.

The image is inserted on the current AutoCAD layer and its correlation data is saved in the drawing file. The next time you open the drawing, the image is displayed automatically using these settings.