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d.shade - Drapes a color raster over an shaded relief or aspect map.


display, elevation, relief, hillshade, visualization


d.shade --help
d.shade shade=name color=name [brighten=integer] [--help] [--verbose] [--quiet] [--ui]


Print usage summary
Verbose module output
Quiet module output
Force launching GUI dialog


shade=name [required]
Name of shaded relief or aspect raster map
color=name [required]
Name of raster to drape over relief raster map
Typically, this raster is elevation or other colorful raster
Percent to brighten
Options: -99-99
Default: 0

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d.shade will drape a color raster map over a shaded relief map. In place of shaded relief, any raster map can be used including aspect or slope. The color raster map is usually an elevation raster map with colorful color table (as opposed to gray scale color table). However, any raster map can be used including categorical raster maps.

The advantage of this module is that it allows visualizing the shaded map without a need to create a new raster which would combine both. Comparing to creating shaded relief as semi-transparent overlay on the color raster map, this module gives result with more saturated colors.

The input for this module can be created for example using r.slope.aspect or r.relief


Refer to the d.his help page for more details; d.shade is simply a frontend to that module.


In this example, the aspect map in the North Carolina sample dataset location is used to hillshade the elevation map:
g.region raster=aspect -p
d.mon wx0
d.shade shade=aspect color=elevation
Elevation with aspect shades

Figure: A detail of raster created by applying shading effect of aspect to elevation raster map from North Carolina dataset elevation map

In this next example, a shaded relief raster map is created and used to create a colorized hillshade:
g.region raster=elevation
r.relief input=elevation output=elevation_shaded_relief

d.mon wx1
d.shade shade=elevation_shaded_relief color=elevation
Interesting visualizations can be created using different color tables for elevation raster map, for example using haxby color table.


d.his, g.pnmcomp, r.shade, r.slope.aspect, r.relief
wxGUI 3D viewer (NVIZ)


Unknown; updated to GRASS 5.7 by Michael Barton


Available at: d.shade source code (history)

Latest change: Monday Nov 18 20:15:32 2019 in commit: 1a1d107e4f6e1b846f9841c2c6fabf015c5f720d

Note: This document is for an older version of GRASS GIS that will be discontinued soon. You should upgrade, and read the current manual page.

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