Overview of Inserting Raster Images Outside Data Connect
Concept Procedure Quick Reference

You can connect to many raster image files using Data Connect. Use the Raster Extension features to insert and correlate raster images with formats that are not supported by Data Connect, or to specify correlation information for images that do not contain this information within their files.

Some image-editing applications, such as AutodeskĀ® Raster Design, store information about image location in an associated correlation source file.

When you insert a raster image using Insert tab Image panel Image, AutoCAD Map 3D reads coordinate correlation information and places the image in the precise coordinate location in the drawing.

Inserting a raster image into a city map. Move your cursor over the image to see the results.

After you insert the image, you can change the image display order to have the features and drawing objects display on top of the image.

When you insert an image, AutoCAD Map 3D links the image to the drawing file through a path name or a data-management document ID. When you update a linked image, the updates appear in the drawing. Because the image itself is not included in the drawing, the image does not increase drawing size.

Once you have inserted an image, you can reinsert it multiple times treating it as if it were a block. Each insertion has its own clip boundary and its own settings for brightness, contrast, fade, and transparency. A single image can be cut into multiple pieces that can be rearranged in your drawing.

Note If you are inserting large images or multiple images at once, you can set Raster Extension memory options. See Configuring Memory Use.

Supported Image Formats

AutoCAD Map 3D supports the most common image file formats used in computer graphics, document management, mapping, and geographic information systems (GIS). Images can be bitonal, 8-bit gray (grayscale), 8-bit color (indexed color), or 24-bit color (true color).

Several image file formats support images with transparent pixels. When image transparency is on, AutoCAD Map 3D recognizes those transparent pixels and allows graphics on the AutoCAD Map 3D screen to show through those pixels. (In bitonal images, background pixels can be treated as transparent.) Transparent images can be grayscale or color.

In addition, you can select the transparent color for grayscale or color images, and you can set the opacity for raster images.

AutoCAD Map 3D supports the following raster file formats. Some formats, such as SID and ECW, are supported as OLE objects and not as image files. AutoCAD Map 3D determines the file format from the file contents, not from the file extension.

Type Description and version File extension
BMP Windows and OS/2 bitmap format .bmp, .rle, .dib
CALS-I Computer Aided Acquisition and Logistics Support .rst, .gp4, .mil, .cal, .cg4
DOQ Digital orthophoto quadrangle raster image format (used for aerial photos that are processed to remove distortion) .doq
ECW Enhanced Compressed Wavelet (a highly compressed multiresolution image format from ER Mapper .ecw
FLIC Autodesk digital animation format .flc, .fli
GeoSPOT SPOT Image Corporation format with georeferencing information .bil
GeoTIFF TIFF with georeferencing information .tif
GIF Graphics Interchange Format (a raster image format from CompuServe)  
IG4 Image Systems Group 4 .ig4
IGS Image Systems Gray Scale .igs
IKONOS 8- or 16-bit satellite imagery  
JFIF JPEG File Interchange Format .jpg
JPEG and JPEG 2000 Joint Photographics Expert Group .jpg
LANDSAT FAST L7A Multispectral image format used by the Landsat 7 satellite  
NITF National Imaging Transmission Format (a multiframe image format commonly used by US federal agencies and NATO)  
PCX PC Paintbrush Exchange .pcx
PICT Macintosh PICT1, PICT2 .pct
PNG Portable Network Graphics .png
Quickbird TIFF Multispectral image format from DigitalGlobeā€™s Quickbird Satellite  
RLC 1 and 2 Run Length Encoding format (version 1 has no header; version 2 has IST headers) .rlc
SID (MrSID) Multi-Resolution Seamless Image Database (a highly compressed LizardTech format) .sid
TARGA TrueVision image file format .tga
TIFF Tagged Image File Format .tif
NoteYou can also use Data Connect to add JPEG, PNG, MrSID, and TIFF images.
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