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Definition: The process of converting a vector image into a bitmap image. (Continued below...)

When you open a vector image in a bitmap-based editing program, you are usually presented with a dialog box of options for rasterizing the image. These options are where you would specify the pixel dimensions, color mode, and resolution of the imported file (see below). A vector graphic can also be rasterized by exporting it from a vector-based application to a bitmap format. Anti-aliasing and dithering are also options that may be offered when rasterizing an image.

This is the rasterize dialog box you will see when importing a vector-based image into Photoshop.

 Related Terms
• vector
• bitmap

Also Known As: vector to raster conversion, vector to bitmap conversion

Common Misspellings: rasterised

Related Resources:

Converting Images
Learn how to convert graphics between various formats, identify file formats, and find the software you need for converting images.

Vector and Bitmap Images
An overview of the two major types of graphics.

Bitmap to Vector Conversion
Software and information on converting bitmaps or raster graphics formats to scalable vector art.

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