How can I rasterize a shape without loosing the control points (the path of the shape)

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Hello,

Im trying to use the pen tool and make a shape. I want to draw on the shape to add some shadows etc. but the problem is if I rasterize it the path will be deleted there so I cannot just draw on the shape itself but at the whole canvas which is not my intention. Can somebody help me please? I'd be very thankful 😄

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 29, 2021 Apr 29, 2021
You obviously cannot rasterize a Shape Layer and retain it as a Shape Layer.  What you can do is  • apply the Vector Mask to a plain pixel Layer or  • Clipping Mask a plain Layer to the Shape Layer. 

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You cannot rasterize a vector graphic (Path) and retain the vector control points. However, you can create a shadow on a separate (below) layer. warmly/j

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… also other Solid Color Layers. 

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Or apply the Vector Mask to a Group … 

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You obviously cannot rasterize a Shape Layer and retain it as a Shape Layer. 

What you can do is 

• apply the Vector Mask to a plain pixel Layer or 

• Clipping Mask a plain Layer to the Shape Layer. 

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You cannot rasterize a vector graphic (Path) and retain the vector control points. However, you can create a shadow on a separate (below) layer.

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… also other Solid Color Layers. 

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Or apply the Vector Mask to a Group … 

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OR:

-Edit>Define Custom Shape

-Save Custom Shapes to your computer

Now you have it as a custom shape with its points, and you can rasterize the original.

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