Turning a shapefile into a raster file

Discussion created by jonboyette on Oct 24, 2013
Latest reply on Oct 25, 2013 by jonboyette
Hi everybody,

I am mapping tax assessor data on individual homes based on the quality of the workmanship (on a scale of 1-5). I have a shapefile of those data, and I can map the points, but I'd like to convert that shapefile to a raster file so that I can use the "densities" symbology (to make a kind-of heat map). I don't seem to have the licence for the "to raster" converter--is there another way to do what I'm trying to do? My predecessor in this position did it somehow, but I'm having a little trouble following her tracks.

I hope this is clear enough--I'm pretty new to ArcGIS; just barely to the point where I know how to ask questions about it. Any help would be appreciated (let me know if I can clarify what I'm trying to do...)


P.S. I should mention that I'm only trying to map the houses ranked 2 and below.