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Photoshop to Illustrator: background not transparent

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Hello everyone,

Can someone tell me why this happens and how to fix or get around or tell me the proper method?  When transferring from Photoshop to Illustrator by copy/paste or directly dragging an image, object, etc., the background in not transparent.  My workaround is to save as .psd and place in Illustrator, which is a pain.  I thought there was "seamless" integration.

Thanks a bunch,

Gustavo

Santa Fe, NM

Owl Design Studios

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Correct answer by MikeGondek | Adobe Community Professional

Your original workaround of placing .psd files is the way to work. If you work with hi res images, then you want to link to the files, so that your computer does not slow down. You also have better control over color profiles that way, so each printer can swap in their profiles, for each time you use that image.

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Photoshop to Illustrator: background not transparent

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Hello everyone,

Can someone tell me why this happens and how to fix or get around or tell me the proper method?  When transferring from Photoshop to Illustrator by copy/paste or directly dragging an image, object, etc., the background in not transparent.  My workaround is to save as .psd and place in Illustrator, which is a pain.  I thought there was "seamless" integration.

Thanks a bunch,

Gustavo

Santa Fe, NM

Owl Design Studios

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by MikeGondek | Adobe Community Professional

Your original workaround of placing .psd files is the way to work. If you work with hi res images, then you want to link to the files, so that your computer does not slow down. You also have better control over color profiles that way, so each printer can swap in their profiles, for each time you use that image.

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Drag and drop from the document window in Photoshop to Illustrator always works for me.

I'd consider using the Place command seamless integration as well.

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But do you get a transparent object?  Is the object on a flatten, transparent layer while in PS?

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The .psd file must contain layers with the object on an upper layer and a transparent background layer. I wrong about multiple layers It can have only a single layer but that cannot be listed as a background layer nor can it be flattened.

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Larry G. Schneider wrote:

The .psd file must contain layers with the object on an upper layer and a transparent background layer. I wrong about multiple layers It can have only a single layer but that cannot be listed as a background layer nor can it be flattened.

And, if you uncheck the Link option and get the next dialogue... make sure you check the Convert Layers to Objects...

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Is everyone here talking about creating a .psd file with a transparent background in PS, save it, and then use 'Place' in Illustrator?  I know this method works -I use it all the times.  I'm talking about having both programs open, and use the move tool to drag, or select-copy-paste, from PS to Illustrator.  This method seems to create a white background, very much like placing a .jpg file.

Gustavo

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Using copy/paste is done by means of the OS and will flatten the file. You can drag the file from the desktop and have it retain the transparency.

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But dragging from the desktop is like placing it.  So I am going to answer my own question here folks .

Basically...

1) One cannot drag and drop (or copy and paste) from Photoshop to Illustrator, when needing a transparent background (graphic or photo)

2) In order to get a transparent background, save the PS file in .psd format (with transparent backgound obviously), and use the Illustrator 'Place' command to bring the file in.

Thanks everyone for the input, and so long,

Gustavo

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Did you ever figure out a solution to your problem on here, as I am having the same issue (not being able to drag and drop photoshop items to illustrator and retain transparent background). HELP!!! please

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carlyh79885524 schrieb:

Did you ever figure out a solution to your problem on here, as I am having the same issue (not being able to drag and drop photoshop items to illustrator and retain transparent background). HELP!!! please

It's not possible.

Save your Photoshop file as a PSD with background layer. Place that PSD in Illustrator. And this has been said numerous times in this thread. You might want to read all before posting.

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Works fine for me.

Copy and paste single or  multiple transparent layers or drag and drop them from Photoshop to Illustrator.

They become an embedded TIF file and if multiple layers are drag and dropped, they become a single file.

Don't expect blending modes to come over, but they keep their transparency.

But placing gives you more control.

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Monika,

Thx for your reply. Maybe I'm not explaining it clear enough. In Photoshop CC 2014 version you are able to drag photoshop layer into illustrator without saving it AT ALL. I updated all my apps to 2017 version which I didn't like so I switched back to 2014 version, only now certain features do not work ( drag & drop with transparency from PS to AI). If u do that not there is a white box underneath it. U have to SAVE it then place it in AI which is slowing me down at work and creating more desktop items I have to delete afterwards.

Sent from my iPhone

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Hi Gustavo,

I have the same exact problem!! I work with Photoshop and Illustrator simultaneously because I paint watercolor textures on photoshop and I change colors and make patterns on Illustrator. With older versions I was used to paint with brush on photoshop, copy and paste on illustrator respecting all transparency of a watercolor stain. 

But I updated the versions and now when I paste it, there's this white ground behind the whole area.

It should have a setting solution...

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Your original workaround of placing .psd files is the way to work. If you work with hi res images, then you want to link to the files, so that your computer does not slow down. You also have better control over color profiles that way, so each printer can swap in their profiles, for each time you use that image.

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No one is really answering your question really here, they just jumping it.

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Everyone, previous to your response, has contributed to answering this question.

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I am currently trying to create an .svg using Photoshop .psd file (with layers in tact).  I'm new to these products so it may be obvious to others that the above intention was to eventually place the .svg in some sort of website creation software such as Muse.  Which is precisely what I am attempting. However, I am getting a white background once I place or copy and paste into Muse.  My starting .psd has a transparent background without any hidden layers causing this problem.  To test this I placed the .psd file into Muse and it still has a transparent background.  However when opening or placing this file into illustrator, it picks up a white background. If I do exactly as described above, I still get the same result.  So far I have tried:

1) Simple copy and paste from Photoshop .svg to illustrator to Muse.  Result - white background.

2) Placing the .psd in illustrator, then placing the .svg file in muse.  Result - white background.

4) I have also tried the every combination of 1 and 2. - Result - white background.

3) I have now created a path in Photoshop from the text layer to yet again attempt the above methods.  Result - white background.

I'm including an image of the object I am trying to place with transparent background, but I have both a flattened rasterized version, a version complete with layers and a third (.svg) with the corresponding objects.  I am completely new to Illustrator as of today so any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

Link to .psd file "Welcome text"

Welcome-banner-text-1.png

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