Building pyramids using geoprocessing tools

There are several geoprocessing tools that allow you to build pyramids for raster datasets. You can even chain them together with other tools in models or create a Python script.

Pyramids are created for the whole raster dataset, including all bands.

When you build pyramids using a mosaic dataset or raster catalog as the input, the pyramids are built for each raster dataset within them. Pyramids cannot be built for a raster catalog; however, you can build overviews for a mosaic dataset, which are similar to raster dataset pyramids.

The desired pyramid levels, the resampling technique, and the compression type are set on the Environment Settings dialog box in the Raster Storage Settings section.

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