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How to Rasterize in Figma

How to Rasterize in Figma

In this video I'll explain how to rasterize an element in Figma.

Pierluigi Giglio
September 26, 2023

If you're asking yourself if it's possible to rasterize images in Figma, the short answer is Yes.

In this guide we'll show you exactly how you can rasterize a single (or multiple) images in Figma in a matter of seconds.

It's a simple process that doesn't require any level of knowledge of this design tool.

Are you ready? Let's get started!

How to Raster an Image in Figma

To create raster images in Figma, you will first need to open up a new or existing Figma file.

Simply add all the elements or shapes that you want to raster, in this case we've created a custom shape called "My Shape" and we grouped it into one single group.

Now comes the easy part: simply go under File > Object > Rasterize Selection.

Rasterize Selection

You will now notice that the group that contained your object now has an image icon (a rectangle with a landscape miniature) to show that the object is indeed a raster element now.

Congratulations, you created your first raster image in Figma!

Can I Rasterize in Figma?

Yes, you can rasterize elements in Figma! Just beware that rasterized elements are no longer vector graphics, so there's going to be limitations in the editing phase.

Rasterize me! Figma plugin

Rasterize Me plugin

If you are looking to rasterize multiple images in Figma, the Rasterize Me plugin from the Figma community is worth checking out!

This plugin allows you to rasterize all or any selected elements with a high resolution.

The best part is that it works around a common limitation within Figma where usually layers can only be rasterized at @1x the original resolution.

If you want a plugin that allows you to rasterize any selected element, page or file, no matter how many elements or pages are contained, look no further than this plugin.

With an average rating of 5 out of 5 stars and 9.3k happy users, it's quite a popular solution to rasterize your images in Figma.

You can learn more about how it works here.

What is a Raster Image?

raster image

Raster images are digital pictures composed of thousands of small rectangles called pixels.

They have become part of the grid and are capable of creating various visual elements.

The pixels have their own color and values that when they are joined together create a visual effect.

Raster images can create good, detailed pictures with a variety of colors, but sometimes this is hard to work on.

The reason is that raster images have varying resolutions, which means if the camera zooms too high the picture will get pixelated. Raster pictures should have high definition.

What is the difference between rasterize and flatten in Figma?

Rasterization is different. Rasterization converts the entire object from a vector to an image in whatever resolution you specify, while flattening an element (or a group of elements) in Figma keeps vector and text objects as vector and text objects.

How do I flatten an image in Figma?

Flattening an image in Figma is very simple: simply select an element, right click on it and select Flatten. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut CMD+E.

We hope that this article was useful to explain exactly how to rasterize an element in Figma!

Pierluigi Giglio

Sr. UI/UX Designer and Consultant with over 10+ years of experience working with Fortune 500, large enterprises and funded startups. Having worked on hundreds upon hundreds of design projects, collaborated with 40+ clients from all around the world and taught design to thousands of students I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to give back to the design community and help other become better designers.

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