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Rasterizing


JoeJ

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Sometimes I am told that a photo cannot be edited unless it is rasterized. How to rasterize, please?

Can you kindly send me step-by-step directions, not video, please, as I find it hard to follow video tutorials, and particularly to record or memorize them.

I use a laptop, Windows 10, and Photoshop CS6

Thank you beforehand for your help.

JoeJ
 

gedstar

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Sometimes I am told that a photo cannot be edited unless it is rasterized. How to rasterize, please?

Hey JoeJ

An image that needs to be rasterized is normally a layer that has been converted to a Smart Object, you don't need to rasterized the layer just double click on the layers thumbnail to edit it

Take a look here

You can of course rasterize the layer by right clicking on the layers thumbnail and selecting Rasterize Layer but I what not recommend that if you want to edit the layer again

Untitled1.jpg

Smart Object are smart for a good reason :D
 
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IamSam

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Sometimes I am told that a photo cannot be edited unless it is rasterized.
Joe, where are you hearing this? I don't know of any good reason to rasterize a photo unless it contains vector components and then I still wouldn't do it. It only serves to convert the vector components of an image into a rastor or pixel based image. In Photoshop it's considered to be a destructive process used to combine layers and is only used in certain circumstances. Rasterization usually reduces the image to one flat layer, limiting its editability.

I don't recommend rastorizing at all. There are much better techniques that can be used instead of rastorizing.
 

JoeJ

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Many thanks. Your reply has taught me a lot about rasterising. I am grateful for your help.

Kind regards.

JoeJ
 

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