Sentinel Imagery Blocky

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ZacharyUhlmann1
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Please see Image.  For some reason Sentinel 2 - Views basemaps are exporting blocky to PDFs.  What I've tried in terms of debugging:

1. Opened same Image Service in new project and exported

2. Turned off all other layers and exported

3. Deleted and replaced Image Service in original project and exported

In case 1, with Sentinel 2 View loaded and exported as new layout in new project --> no problem

Cases 2 and 3 where operating in current project --> problem

debug_blocks_sentinel.JPG

 

So it's NOT with the imagery itself.  Something with the Map.

Ideas?...

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PeterBecker
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The issue is that you are using as input a layer that includes dynamic range adjustment. The Sentinel2 imagery is returned as apparent reflectance (with values ranging from 0 to 10,000) that cover the complete dynamic range. For optimized display the stats of the current view are used to stretch (eg using standard deviation) the image for suitable display on the screen. When you do export the system is splitting the extent into blocks and each block is having the dynamic range adjustment applied. Hence the result you see. What you need to do is use a layer that does not have DRA applied. Check the different included raster functions. You can then also define specific stretch values to get the rendering you need.

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ZacharyUhlmann1
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Why though would the same image with same extent loaded into a new project print seamlessly?  Is it the inclusion of the legend items and that conversion process that creates the issue?  I don't see the blocks in a new map with same extent and imagery.

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PeterBecker
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I'm not sure why the 1 above works, but 3 does not. Likely related to the resolution of the export. Is it possible that the export is a different resolution? Also are you sure this is the same services.  Doing export of an image with DRA is always problematic as larger requests get split into multiple smaller requests

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ZacharyUhlmann1
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Hi @PeterBecker .  Look at these two images.  Sentinel-2 Views as before, just a different area.  Identical everything, I just moved the frame up slightly in the Layout between image 1 and 2 to demonstrate that the blocky look is clearly coming from a processing workflow in the pdf export as opposed to stitching Sentinel Tiles together.  If it were Sentinel tile edges the block borders would be in the same place, but they occur halfway down the layout consistently.

I've tinkered with the export options that seemed impactful, including Compression = jpg, adaptive, None, but SAME issue:

sentinel_blocks_compression_settings.JPG

 

sentinel_blocks_ex.jpg

 

sentinel_blocks_ex2.jpg

End of the day, my only solution was to export as PNG (instead of the desired PDF).  This worked - but, if you have any thoughts on why PDF is not working, that would be appreciated.

Thanks - Zach

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