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justchilln00
Photoshop Vectorization
on Jun 14, 2006 at 8:49:35 pm

Ok I created a logo with a custom chrome layer style in Photoshop CS, I need to import it into Adobe Illustrator CS as a Vector Image, What are some ways to do this?



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justchilln00
Re: Photoshop Vectorization
on Jun 14, 2006 at 9:27:18 pm

More info- Ok well I actually have the logo as a Vector file but its plain white, I imported it into photoshop to add the effects and that causes it to rastersize, so I guess I now have another question how can I add my chrome effect with Illus/Photoshop and keep still keep it's vector properties.



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Kim Mackenzie
Re: Photoshop Vectorization
on Jun 14, 2006 at 9:40:22 pm


If you copy the logo into the pasteboard in Illustrator, then paste it into Photoshop, you should get an option for either Pixels, Path, or Shape Layer. If you choose Shape Layer, you can then apply your chrome effect in Photoshop. Save the file as an EPS with vector data included, and open that EPS back into Illustrator.

If your logo is complex, one problem you may encounter is overlapping sub-paths in the shape layer not behaving the way you wanted them or expected them to. Think of a letter O - you expect the center path to knock out the outer path, but it won't necessarily automatically come in that way. It's fixable, but tedious - you'll use the direct selection tool (the white arrow) to select the subpaths that you want knocked out, then in the options bar, choose a different option for how the subpaths interact (subtract/intersect/exclude).


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justchilln00
Re: Photoshop Vectorization
on Jun 14, 2006 at 9:58:54 pm

All it gives me when I paste from Illus to Photoshop is the Logo with the Rastersize yes/no prompt. Is this from settings or something, its a very simple logo.



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justchilln00
Re: Photoshop Vectorization
on Jun 14, 2006 at 10:29:39 pm

Ok, I found the setting in Illustrator to let me paste it into photoshop, but now when I export it back into Illustrator it has the vector data but it also has a big box around it rendering the vector data useless if I can't make the box dissapear.



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Kim Mackenzie
Re: Photoshop Vectorization
on Jun 15, 2006 at 2:34:07 pm


Oops, sorry - you'd need to add a clipping path to the EPS.

Easier: back in Photoshop, with the background layer turned off or deleted (so you'll have transparency), save the file as a layered Photoshop PSD and open that file in Illustrator. When prompted, select the option to convert layers to objects.

Once the file is open in Illustrator, to get rid of the crop marks, go to Object > Crop Area > Release - and delete the box that the crop marks turn into.


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justchilln00
Re: Photoshop Vectorization
on Jun 15, 2006 at 3:43:03 pm

When I save it as a photoshop file and release crop marks I can delete a box but there is still another one and I don't get the vector data i had before.



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Kim Mackenzie
Re: Photoshop Vectorization
on Jun 15, 2006 at 6:27:01 pm


Hm. It works for me - shape layers from Photoshop come into Illustrator as vector. Pardon the questions - but do you have the background layer turned off? And the logo in Photoshop is definitely a shape layer and hasn't been rasterized?


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justchilln00
Re: Photoshop Vectorization
on Jun 15, 2006 at 7:47:52 pm

Ok, I'll show you what I'm doing, ok I pasted this from Illustrator http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=6/16515330074.gif&s=f5 , no bkg, then I applied the effect http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=6/16515344916.gif&s=f5 , next I saved the file http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=6/16515354540.gif&s=f5 , next I opened it in Illus http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=6/16515314954.gif&s=f5, then I released the crop marks http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=6/16515402950.gif&s=f5, and this is what I get http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=6/16515370344.gif&s=f5, I am really just trying to find out the best way for me to apply effects to text /objects in photoshop, and then have them vectored so I can throw them into signlab and have my vinyl printer cut it out, thats the reason for it having to be a vector image.



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Kim Mackenzie
Re: Photoshop Vectorization
on Jun 16, 2006 at 2:46:05 pm


Well, the way stuff comes out of Photoshop, it's actually a raster image (which is probably that box) being masked by a vector shape. There's not any other way for the programs to do it, because the effects you're applying are raster effects - they have to be made up of pixels. So there's always going to be a box left over.

If you switch to Preview mode (under the View menu), is there a path that corresponds to CASEY? If you drop a shape behind CASEY, is there no white box around CASEY? When I made my test file, that's how it worked.

If you have a raster image being masked by a vector shape, that's as far as you're going to be able to take it.



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