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I have few hazard maps (with color coding) of a particular state in a pdf report. I am a newbie in GIS and need to use these different maps from the pdf for combined interpretation. Can the colors representing different range of values in each map be imported in ArcGIS? If you have Adobe Illustrator and the MAPublisher plugin, you can open the PDF in Illustrator and then export it as shapefiles for use in ArcMap Geographic Information Systems Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for cartographers, geographers and GIS professionals. It’s 100% free, no registration required. I have few hazard maps (with color coding) of a particular state in a pdf report. I am a newbie in GIS and need to use these different maps from the pdf for combined interpretation. Can the colors representing different range of values in each map be imported in ArcGIS? There is no way to directly import them. At best you can turn them into images, georeference them, and either digitize them and/or recreate them with data from another source. The color/range of values thing somewhat depends on the kind of data it’s representing (ie categorical vs classified values). We’d probably need to see the maps you’re referring to and have an idea of what you want to do with them in terms of analysis to offer much more help. That’s a simple elevation map. I wouldn’t bother trying to digitize it, it’s faster/easier/more accurate just to recreate it. You just need to find a DEM (digital elevation model) of the area, typically a raster, classify it with the same ranges and symbolize them with similar colors, clip it, possibly convert to polygons (kind of depends on the analysis you want to do with it). That one is easy. Something else, like flood risk (you mention ‘hazard maps’) would be more difficult since an unknown analysis might go into making it. Source of/link to the report? Maybe they have data to download? If you have Adobe Illustrator and the MAPublisher plugin, you can open the PDF in Illustrator and then export it as shapefiles for use in ArcMap This assumes the maps within the report are still vector format. Also, most pdfs don’t store any location information so you’d basically be scaling and georeferencing (spatial adjustment) the vector lines. What are the potential benefits and pitfalls of leaving tenth grade early to pursue an internship at a prominent research lab? Source.

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