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Chapter 14. Acquire > Drag-and-drop

Drag-and-drop

A few pointers before you begin:

  • Drag-and-drop does not use the Clipboard; whatever is currently on the Clipboard is preserved.

  • If you drag-and-drop an image from Photoshop to Illustrator via Photoshop's Move tool, the image will be embedded as an RGB at the resolution of the original image. Any opacity or blending modes for the Photoshop selection or layer will be removed in Illustrator. The dropped object will have an opaque white background. If you're going to print the image, use the following method instead: In Photoshop, convert the file to CMYK Color mode and save it as a TIFF or EPS, then acquire it in Illustrator using Place or Open.

  • You can drag-and-drop objects between Illustrator documents or between Illustrator and Adobe GoLive, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, or any other drag-aware application. In the Mac OS, you can drag-and-drop a path from Photoshop to Illustrator; the path copy will be dropped as a compound shape. In Windows, select a path in Photoshop, then Ctrl-Alt drag the path into an Illustrator document window. On either platform, you could also copy a path from Photoshop, paste it into Illustrator, then edit the pasted path in Illustrator.

  • Currently, Windows supports drag-and-drop only between OLE-compliant applications. The dropped vector object will be rasterized in the receiving application.


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