How to Rasterize in Photoshop: A Beginner’s Guide

Rasterize it: Right-click on your original vector layer, choose Rasterize Layer, and select an option from the menu: Type . Rasterize only the text on a type layer. Shape.

Are you new to Photoshop and struggling to understand rasterizing? Rasterizing is the process of converting a vector image (a shape layer) into a basic image layer that can be edited using different tools and effects. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to rasterize an image layer in Photoshop.

First, select the shape layer that you want to rasterize. For example, we chose a black square. Right-click on the layer and select “Rasterize Layer.” You’ll notice that the shape layer is now converted into a basic image layer.

But why do we need to rasterize images? Well, shape layers cannot be edited using certain tools and effects such as the eraser or brush tool. However, once an image is rasterized, it can be edited using these tools and effects just like any other image layer.

To further demonstrate this, we created another square in a different color. Both squares were shape layers, but we could not use certain tools on them. Once we rasterized one of the squares, we were able to use tools such as the eraser or brush tool on it, treating it like any other image layer.

In summary, rasterizing images in Photoshop is a simple process that allows you to edit shape layers using different tools and effects. With this knowledge, you can now take your Photoshop skills to the next level and create even more amazing designs!


What does it mean to rasterize in Photoshop?
When you rasterize a vector layer, Photoshop converts the layer to pixels. You might not notice a change at first, but when you zoom in on a newly rasterized layer you will see that the edges are now made up of tiny squares, called pixels.
Why can't I rasterize in Photoshop?
The layer is a background layer: Photoshop background layers cannot be rasterized. You will need to convert the background layer to a regular layer first by double-clicking on the background layer and then clicking ok in the new Layer dialog.
How do you rasterize type in Photoshop?
Then how to rasterize text in Photoshop? Add text to the selected picture. Select the text layer and right-click on it, from the menu select Rasterize Type. Then the text turns into an image.
How do I rasterize an image layer?
The first and fastest, way to rasterize a layer is to right-click on it in your layers panel, and choose “Rasterize.” Alternatively, you can go up to Layer >, Rasterize and select which type of layer(s) you want to rasterize.