Elevation Map Options

Select elevation display options with 

In addition to the form below, you can:

  • Pick Display color scheme. The preview menu shows what the map will look like.
    • Chroma depth colors: the blue to red progression that provides an illusion of depth when used with the appropriate glasses.
    • Terrain color scale: a color scale that looks good with terrain and does not use blue.
    • Gray scale: a black to white progression.
    • Alternate bands: contours displayed in alternating color bands.
    • Color bands
    • IHS colors. You can change and preview the color scheme. For an elevation map the intensity will be from the elevations, the saturation can be from the light reflectance model, and hue will be a constants than you can adjust.
    • Land sea scales:
    • Spectrum colors
    • Rainbow
    • Colors from table
    • Automatic chloropleth palette Defined palette
    • Contrast: Coloring of grids by integer code
  • Ocean check to put all points at or below sea level in the water color.
  • Lake check, to put lakes in the water color. Only some DEMs are accurately encoded and do well with the lake check.
  • Set IHS colors.
  • Set color for missing data.
  • z Range: set the values to use for color coding.
  • If you use colors from a table, you can specify the table with the colors and their ranges. There can be a maximum of 1024 entries in the table, which is a dbf table. The easiest way to edit that file is probably in Excel.
  • Stretching
  • Log 10
  • Grayscale (monochrome): pick the color, with an option to invert.


Last revision 11/26/2017