Rasterizing a Shape Layer

Rasterizing a Shape Layer

Photoshop CS3 Tutorial


How to Rasterize a Photoshop Shape Layer



Shape Layers are vector based layers where the shapes are defined by multiple control points. By moving the control points, the shape can be edited.

You can't paint a shape layer until it it rasterized. Once the layer is rasterized, it becomes a bitmapped image and is defined by a series of tiny square pixels.


Step One

Open a blank document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi.

Step Two

Select the Ellipse tool and set the options to Shape Layers.

Step Three

Draw an ellipse in the workspace.

Step Four

Click on the shape layer in the Layers palette.

Step Five

To rasterize the shape layer, choose Layer > Rasterize > Shape. Notice that the layer thumbnail converts to a normal layer. Once rasterized, the shape control points are no longer editable.