Text and Rasterization

Because all text layers are contained in groups, rasterization affects how text interacts with other objects within your project.

Note: Text can be rasterized independently of the group in which it lives. Doing this affects how the text interacts with objects within its own group. For example, applying a Circle Blur filter to text that exists in 3D space (such as text on a path) causes the text to no longer intersect with other objects in the same group. The same operations that cause a 3D group to rasterize cause 3D text to rasterize. In some situations, selecting the Flatten checkbox in the Layout pane of the Text Inspector can minimize this effect.

The following example on the left shows the nonrasterized 2D group (“titles”) containing text. In the illustration on the right, the text interacts with the image beneath it in the layer stack because the text is set to the Add blend mode (notice the texture in the word “leopard” created by the image beneath it).

Figure. Layers tab and Canvas window showing unrasterized group.

In the next example, the group that contains the text and upper leopard image is rasterized—triggered in this case by selecting the Crop checkbox in the Properties tab of the group. The text’s Add blend mode and the leopard image’s Multiply blend mode no longer interact with the object beneath them (the lower leopard image) in the layer stack. Notice that the group icon for the rasterized group now appears with a frame around the icon (the icon immediately to the left of the “Group - titles” group).

Figure. Layers tab and Canvas window showing rasterized group.

For more information on rasterization with 2D and 3D groups, see Groups and Rasterization.