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Part VIII: Power Photoshop > Moving Artwork from Illustrator to Photoshop

Moving Artwork from Illustrator to Photoshop

Illustrator's support for transparency greatly reduced the need to move artwork to Photoshop. Many of the most important filters are available right in Illustrator itself. However, there are still reasons to use both programs (even with the same artwork), not the least of which is ImageReady.

Saving as Illustrator, Opening in Photoshop

At its core, the modern Illustrator file format is the Portable Document Format (PDF). When saved with PDF compatibility and then opened in Photoshop, an Illustrator file is treated as a generic PDF document. When the image is opened in Photoshop, it consists of a single layer that contains all artwork on a transparent background. Once in Photoshop, the file can be edited as a typical raster image. If the Illustrator file is saved without PDF compatibility, you'll see the same rasterization dialog box, but the file itself appears as an error message (see Figure A.1).


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