Raster DEM vs Polygon question.

Discussion created by broadral on Apr 29, 2014
Latest reply on Apr 29, 2014 by timmo1982
Not quite the best at analysis, but I'm working at it. Anyway...

I have an issue where a polygon ShpFile is actually larger than the DEM Raster Image I am working with. Clipping wouldn't quite work.

I know the Extract by mask works to cut DEM/Raster based on a polygon (could be either raster or vector, if I'm not mistaken, although I just mask it right away when it is a vector polygon since it saves me time and ultimately converts it to raster anyway)

Would the following work?
1. Convert Polygon Shapefile to Raster, then use the DEM raster as a mask at that point?

Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

Edit: Tried my #1, and it worked well. But if there is another method, I certainly would appreciate it.