How to convert a .psd file into .ai (adobe illustrator)

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Hi Guys,

I have a very high quality multi layer .psd file that I need to convert to adobe illustrator in order to export them into autocad.

As I'm very in exprienced, Ive tried to merge the layers in the psd file and then use Export -> 'Path to Illustrator', however when I open the newly created .ai file, it open a dialog box called 'Convert to Artboards' and whatever option i choose (either Legacy Artboard or Crop Area(s)' my new illustrator file seems to be empty.

I appreciate any file anyone can offfer.

Best Regards

Alex.

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Update: If you have the current version of photoshop and Illustrator then just open the .psd version of the document in Illustrator and make sure the "Convert layers to objects" is selected and the image will appear in Illustrator.

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How to convert a .psd file into .ai (adobe illustrator)

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Hi Guys,

I have a very high quality multi layer .psd file that I need to convert to adobe illustrator in order to export them into autocad.

As I'm very in exprienced, Ive tried to merge the layers in the psd file and then use Export -> 'Path to Illustrator', however when I open the newly created .ai file, it open a dialog box called 'Convert to Artboards' and whatever option i choose (either Legacy Artboard or Crop Area(s)' my new illustrator file seems to be empty.

I appreciate any file anyone can offfer.

Best Regards

Alex.

Correct answer by cburris5 | Community Beginner

Update: If you have the current version of photoshop and Illustrator then just open the .psd version of the document in Illustrator and make sure the "Convert layers to objects" is selected and the image will appear in Illustrator.

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I've had this same issues myself and found the answer once but now cannot locate it again.  The answer I found did not mention anything about preparing the files before exporting and it was a very simple step to view the converted file.  I just can't find it now and would appreciate assistance with this too.

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When using the export paths to Illustrator command, the file opened in Illustrator will appear blank, but it isn't. Simply switch to Outline Mode (View > Outline) and you will see your paths. Photoshop exports the paths as unfilled, unstroked paths so there is simply nothing to show in Preview Mode. Switch to Outline Mode and recolor your paths. Or simply Select all and tap the D key on the keyboard. Your paths should become visble.

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Thank you! I knew there was a simple answer to this, I just couldn't find

it again!

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Well I was having the same problem. So i tried exporting it and it worked (as always) but I clicked Outine instaed of Preview and it was still blank! I need this converted and be able to see it ASAP but I'm not getting anywhere! Any advice?

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Show the PSD file.

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Update: If you have the current version of photoshop and Illustrator then just open the .psd version of the document in Illustrator and make sure the "Convert layers to objects" is selected and the image will appear in Illustrator.

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cburris5 u just change my life. Thank u for that comment.

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Perfect answer, thank you!

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I tried that and definitely checked the option to convert layers to objects, but in Illustrator everything appears to be flattened.

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Hi - that's what I find too. Did you find a solution?

Thanks.

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Importing PSD files into Illustrator

  •    •   Opening PSD files into Illustrator

1.  Turn on your computer and launch the Illustrator program.

2.  Open a new document by clicking File>New in Illustrator’s menu bar.

3.  To open your Photoshop document, go to File>Open and then select the document you want to open when prompted.


  •    •   Placing PSD files into Illustrator (Editable)

This method is ideal if you wish to incorporate a Photoshop document within an existing Illustrator document which can then make the PSD file editable within Illustrator.

1. Launch the Illustrator program, select File>Place

2. Locate the PSD file you want to import and click “Place”. Make sure the “Link” option is not selected.

Placing or opening an unlinked Photoshop file will prompt a dialog box with options, choose the most appropriate option and then click “OK”.

• Convert Layers to Objects: This option will convert the Photoshop layers into Illustrator objects to be able preserve masks, transparency and blending modes.                  

                             • Flatten Layers to a Single Object: This option will flatten all the Photoshop layers into a single layer to preserve the look and appearance of the image; however individual Photoshop layers will no longer be editable.


  •    •   Placing PSD files into Illustrator (Not Editable)

This method is ideal for incorporating your Photoshop files in an existing Illustrator document. Although the PSD file will no longer be editable it will be able to maintain a link to your original Photoshop file.

1. Launch the Illustrator program, select File>Place.
2. Locate the PSD file you want to import and click Place. Make sure the Link option is selected.

- See more at: http://www.hiddenwebgenius.com/blog/design/how-to-import-psd-files-into-adobe-illustrator-and-indesi...


**The one time it did not work for me and appeared black was because of shadows (hue/saturation adjustment layer). So I compared the old .psd file, that converted fine, to the current one I was trying got send. One of the differences was the introduction of shadows by duplicating the fonts and image shapes, then merging them to a single image with hue/saturation adjustments. When adjusting the hue/saturation, it appears in a separate layer that was locked to next to image that was just produced. Some reason that was the bug that kept Illustrator from placing the .psd file in Illustrator. The solution was to merge the hue/saturation layer with the image layer. Now it’s back to normal.


Hope this save you some time.

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1) Save the photoshop file as (EPS);

2) Open the saved EPS file with adobe illustrator;

3) Save the EPS file as AI using the illustrator.

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I don't think this is an advisable workflow, given the posts already in this topic. did you even read it?

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m. duban schrieb:

1) Save the photoshop file as (EPS);

2) Open the saved EPS file with adobe illustrator;

3) Save the EPS file as AI using the illustrator.

Nope, never. Don't use EPS anymore as EPS does not support transparency.

Correct solution: Save Photoshop File as PSD, open that in Illustrator, save as AI.

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1. Open your Design in photoshop

2. Save as PDF

3. Open the PDF file in Illustrator

4. Save as AI From Illustrator

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MrLaziz schrieb:

1. Open your Design in photoshop

2. Save as PDF

3. Open the PDF file in Illustrator

4. Save as AI From Illustrator

No, don't do that, Illustrator is NOT a common PDF editor.

The correct solution was given above: Save the file as PSD, open that PSD in Illustrator, Save as AI in Illustrator.

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