Rasterize Objects in Adobe Illustrator CS6
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You should have Illustrator open and a document ready.
Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow at the top-left side of the toolbar to select the object. You can also use different selection tools if you are working with more complicated shapes.
Click the object. A thin blue frame with corners will appear, which means that the object is now selected and ready for editing. You can select other selection tools if the object is too complicated. There is another VisiHow video on selection tools.
Next, click "Object" at the top-left side of the window.
Alternatively, click "Effects".
Click "Rasterize..." in the "Illustrator Effects" section. A dialogue box will appear where you can begin to specify your rasterization settings. Object rasterization turns the object from a pixel image into a vector image. Ensure that your image is in high resolution, so you don't accidentally lose quality later on. Vector images can be made larger without losing quality, whereas pixel images will break and become distorted if the original was smaller than the larger image.
First, click the "Color Model" drop-down menu. The default setting is "CMYK".
You can click "CMYK", "Greyscale", and "Bitmap". This depends on your image. Let's click "CMYK", which is the recommend print setting.
Next, you can click the "Resolution" drop-down menu.
From the drop-down menu, you can click
- "Screen (72 ppi)", which is good for putting your image on the Internet;
- "Medium (150 ppi)";
- "High (300 ppi)", which is good for printing;
- "Other", which is an advanced-level user setting.
You can also click either "White" or "Transparent" to select whether you prefer the background to be white or transparent. The rest of the settings depend mostly on the document.
You can click the "Anti-aliasing" drop-down menu.
You can adjust the space around the object with the "Add" box below. You can do it by typing the value manually or by using the up and down arrows to the side.
Then, click "OK" to rasterize the object.
This concludes our tutorial showing you how to rasterize an object in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!
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