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Chapter 25. Using Photoshop with Quark, ... > From Photoshop to Illustrator

From Photoshop to Illustrator

You can actually move Photoshop data into Illustrator in three ways:

  • Edit, Paste. The easiest way to move a small bitmap from Photoshop into Illustrator is to choose Select, All (Ctrl()+A) in Photoshop, copy the selection, and then switch to Illustrator and choose Edit, Paste. Illustrator is not an OLE server or client, so Paste Special is not an option.

  • File, Place. To import larger bitmaps from Photoshop to Illustrator, use the File, Place command. As with Quark, your best bet is to use TIFF as the import file format (you need to make sure alpha channels have been stripped from the document if you don't want masking to occur in the target document), but Illustrator is capable of importing a wide range of bitmap file formats, from BMP to JPEG.

  • File, Open. Photoshop has the capability to export a path as a vector-type file, the native file type of Illustrator. In Photoshop, create a path, or multiple paths, and then choose File, Export, Paths to Illustrator. Then, in Illustrator, simply choose File, Open, and open the saved file from Photoshop. The paths will need a stroke width and/or a fill, but this is a wonderful, goof-proof feature of Photoshop.


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