Clip Outside Polygons: Vector - Raster Data

Discussion created by mmichale on Apr 3, 2014
Latest reply on Apr 4, 2014 by Hornbydd
I am trying to "Clip" a vector polygon shapefile (e.g., multiple lakes) out of a panchromatic black and white aerial image (raster). I see that using the CLIP tool in ArcMap 10, that the function only allows me to clip "inside" these polygons. Is there a way that I can REVERSE this function so that I can get the lakes out of the raster, while still keeping everything else in the raster image?

Might need to convert vector to a raster? Could you please include steps?