What does rasterize mean? Converting a vector layer to a pixelated image, so you can perform more in-depth edits and merge it with other raster layers. Raster-based images have a defined pixel count, so making them larger will affect their visual quality. Vector-based images, on the other hand, are created with mathematical data that allow them to be displayed at any resolution, without a loss in quality.
Understanding Vector Layers
Before rasterizing an image, you should understand how Photoshop creates vectors. The “vector mask” is the vector’s outline shape, and the “fill layer” is anything inside that shape. When you rasterize the entire vector, you combine the two layers into one pixelated image. If desired, you can also choose to rasterize the vector mask or fill layer individually.
How to Rasterize an Image
There are a few ways to rasterize in Photoshop, but the easiest is to find the Layer tab on the top menu and then select “Rasterize”. From here, you’ll have a few options.
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