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William Thompson
backgrounds on objecs in Illustrator
on Dec 23, 2013 at 9:06:07 pm

Hello Forum.

How do you make the background of an object transparent in Adobe Illustrator?

I have been having issues with using the Magic Wand tool in Adobe Illustrator as well as the lasso tool.

Basically, I am trying to put a small graphic into a new Illustrator file.

The first thing I tried to do is to use the magic wand tool. But I found out that this did not work on a jpeg image since it did not have any individual objects to select.

So I tried something new. I opened the file in Adobe Photoshop and used the lasso tool to select an area. Then I coped this area. Then I tried to paste it into Adobe Illustrator. But the background was not transparent for the pasted image.

How do I make the background transparent.

I made this small video to show what I am talking about:

I noticed that the background is a layer in the image I made in photoshop. I tried turning it off or making it invisible, but that did not help.

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Vincent Rosati
Re: backgrounds on objecs in Illustrator
on Jan 6, 2014 at 1:53:10 am

To get a vector out of Photoshop
Make your selection, as you did.
Than Window / Path / Make work path.
There is a Work Path button at the bottom the the Path palette, or in the Path drop-down menu.
Now you can File / Export paths to Illustrator.
This will create a file with the path objects in the PS file.

Now back in AI, you can add a color as a fill. Or if you need the raster texture you can paste it in (or better, File / Place an external resource TIF or PSD), than use the path as a clipping mask on the raster.

Let us know.


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