When combining graphic elements in an .ai file, these elements being large bitmap images (TIFF, PSD, PNG,...), I regularly use rasterize to reduce these images separately in size (and thus reducing file size) and thus make working with them a lot easier and faster.

However, when I try to rasterize multiple objects at once, these objects are always grouped in one big rasterized object. Is there a way they remain separate objects?

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    Hi, are you asking how to scale multiple rasterized elements or are you asking how to rasterize multiple objects separately? Your title is asking a different question than what you wrote. Because a bitmap image is already rasterized. – AndrewH Mar 6 '19 at 20:25
  • Welcome to GDSE - please take a look around tour to learn about our community; please also carefully read How to Ask and How to Answer a question to understand what makes a good question, how to frame it for best responses, and what to expect from answers. As initially written, this question is pretty unclear, and therefore likely to get closed due to lack of clarity. Can you edit and refine it to be clearer? Bitmap images are already rasters - what exactly are you needing to do and where is it failing? Screencaps might help. – GerardFalla Mar 6 '19 at 20:31
  • Why not just link the file sinto your doc? This would mostly eliminate any file size changes and massively reduce work time. – WELZ Mar 7 '19 at 23:18
  • Well, because the source files can be really huge for one. Also I'm working with people who have a different operating system, so the links get messed up. – user134252 Mar 8 '19 at 9:13

Here is a way to rasterize a selection of objects seperately:

  • Select all objects/groups you want to rasterize.
  • Use Effects > Rasterize... to apply rasterization as an effect on each individual object.
  • Use Object > Expand Appearance to convert the objects to images.
  • Thank you so much, that works like a charm!! – user134252 Jun 19 '19 at 20:10
  • I'm glad to help. Please remember to accept the answer so others can benefit from it. – Wolff Jun 20 '19 at 15:25

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