Pdf and jpg images

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06-20-2014 12:09 PM
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How do I get pdf or jpg images behind my layers in ArcMap so that I can trace them?  I have images from the US Census Bureau.
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You can bring in images and pdfs from the catalog in ArcMap.  However, if they have no spatial reference, you must georeference the images, so they match the projection and scale. 

Some good links to help you georeferencing.

http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.2/index.html#//009t000000mn000000

http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.2/index.html#/Georeferencing_toolbar_tools/009t000000mp0...
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Thank you for your response.  The information/links you provided seemed to help me do what I wanted to do.

David

You can bring in images and pdfs from the catalog in ArcMap.  However, if they have no spatial reference, you must georeference the images, so they match the projection and scale. 

Some good links to help you georeferencing.

http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.2/index.html#//009t000000mn000000

http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.2/index.html#/Georeferencing_toolbar_tools/009t000000mp0...
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I made a mistake there, you cannot bring PDFs in.  However, it usually is a simple matter to convert the pdf to a jpg(or other raster type) and bring it in.
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I was able to bring in a jpg and work off of it.  I tried to convert the pdf to jpg but could not figure out how (I am hoping I can print it and scan it, perhaps at the community library).

David

I made a mistake there, you cannot bring PDFs in.  However, it usually is a simple matter to convert the pdf to a jpg(or other raster type) and bring it in.
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If you have adobe acrobat, you can open your pdf, then go file>Save As...>Image>JPEG.

Not sure if it works with adobe reader(free version).
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Thanks, Ian.  I was able to do this on Adobe Photoshop.

David

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