How to Import a PNG File to ArcMap

by Margaret Worthington

ArcMap is a geographic information system software program included with ArcGIS, a suite of programs that allows cartographers and mapping experts to create maps for a wide variety of applications. ArcMap can handle and display external files inside of it, such as image files in the JPG and PNG formats.

Step 1

Open ArcMap and then open the mapping file that you want to import the JPG or PNG file into.

Step 2

Click "ArcToolBox" in the file menu.

Step 3

Click "Import" and then select the "Image" option.

Select the image, choose the import dimensions you want to use and then click "Import."


  • Ensure that you don't move or delete the PNG file, as ArcMap still links to its location even after you import it.


About the Author

Margaret Worthington has been writing and editing since 2001. Her work includes editorials and articles for a college newspaper, toy articles for Hasbro, copy-editing a romance novel and rewriting a publication for "GreenBlue." Worthington holds an Associate of Arts in English and journalism from Piedmont Virginia Community College and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from the University of Virginia.

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