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Photoshop to Illustrator the easy way ?
show user profile  FX
I recently did a packaging design for someone, whilst I am good on coming up with unique designs and concepts, I'm not so strong on the technicalities of getting something ready for print.

After sending the PDF design to the very nice printing lady in China, who can barely speak English, I need to get my design to Illustrator, vectorized in a "Layered" format.

She keeps saying " printing draft must be layered" & "vector"

Any tips an the fastest way to do this ? I worked late last night, my head is tired, the client is Jewish and also struggles with the English language, on Skype he talks to me in a manner that makes me want to climb down the internet and kick the living shit out of him.

Please help me make them go away.....

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8/5/2015 12:44:55 PM (last edit: 8/5/2015 12:44:55 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Well, your render is always going to be a bitmap within the .AI file.

So, Bitmap on one layer, and the text, etc as vectors on another layer?

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8/5/2015 12:49:16 PM (last edit: 8/5/2015 12:49:16 PM)
show user profile  FX
Yup, I've just come to that conclusion myself, it seems all the graphics need to be on one background layer with all the text shapes and vectors above...maybe not as difficult as I thought....maybe obvious...I'm still waking up...need more coffee..


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8/5/2015 12:55:06 PM (last edit: 8/5/2015 12:55:06 PM)
show user profile  FX
The layers part is confusing me, why layers ? is this an industry standard ? I've sent things to print before and all they wanted was the PDF.

Image is CMYK at 300 dpi....just print the damn thing.

edit: Something to do with the outline of the text ? ...dunno :/

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8/5/2015 2:28:32 PM (last edit: 8/5/2015 2:33:27 PM)
show user profile  FX
Tons of issues and no easy fix, I'm just going to have to trial & error it with google & youtube, whats pissing me off is he didn't request a "layered AI" file until the last minute.

All my previous print jobs have just been exporting from PS as PDF.

I was hoping there was a plugin :)

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8/5/2015 2:57:34 PM (last edit: 8/5/2015 2:57:34 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
What happens if you open the PSD file in Illustrator? If the text isn't rasterized it should just work I think.

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8/5/2015 3:15:49 PM (last edit: 8/5/2015 3:15:49 PM)
show user profile  FX
Yup, I stopped reading the internet and figured it out :)

Basically save all layers as separate PSD's, then use File "Place", this retains all transparency and text layers and also updates in Illustrator when you modify the PSD's...a bit like smart layers.

I haven't been able to copy paste between PS and AI due to the file size, I'm assuming that would be the standard workflow.

If I use file open it comes in flattened with a white background.

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8/5/2015 3:21:19 PM (last edit: 8/5/2015 3:21:19 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
What version are you using. I just did a test in the latest version with a few text and paint layers and everything opens fine Illustrator.

Anyway. Glad you got it sorted!

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8/5/2015 3:25:53 PM (last edit: 8/5/2015 3:25:53 PM)
show user profile  FX
CC 2014, I've been too lazy/busy to update.

Yeah I read in the interweb that was supposed to happen, for some reason it didn't work the same for me, it was coming in with all the layers flattened..... file place is a nice workaround.

a bit of a ball ache but making progress.


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8/5/2015 3:29:44 PM (last edit: 8/5/2015 3:29:44 PM)
show user profile  FX
...aaaaaaaaaaaaaand doofus alert, If you save from PS and don't notice that "layers" has somehow managed to untick itself, when you open in AI...etc etc.... :/

..ahem :)

edit: No, for some reason the CMYK file opens flattened, who cares.

I will stop typing.


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8/5/2015 3:40:15 PM (last edit: 8/5/2015 3:48:05 PM)
show user profile  FX
I gave up on this, due to the rudeness and arrogance of the client, and the fact the layered AI request was a last minute change, I just dragged my heels for long enough for the printer to request the PSD & font list.

Had I known it was AI I would have built it in Illustrator in the first place.

Anyway I learnt a thing or too in the process, that's all that matters.

It amazes me that the workflow between Adobe applications seems fraught with issues, I thought they would be able to communicate better...or maybe it's just me...I do hate Illustrator. :)

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8/6/2015 12:40:33 PM (last edit: 8/6/2015 12:40:33 PM)
show user profile  TiMoN
"whats pissing me off is he didn't request a "layered AI" file until the last minute."

mo' layers = Mo' money
Thats fairly universal language..

Terribly boring signature.
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8/6/2015 1:36:28 PM (last edit: 8/6/2015 1:36:28 PM)
show user profile  FX
Not for some it seems, this one was a bit "special", he assumed the fixed fee he was paying made me his personal in house designer.

Anyway it's history, I'll put it down to experience, he has his files, I've blocked him on Skype and filtered his emails into the trashcan.

Job done move on.
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8/6/2015 2:00:02 PM (last edit: 8/6/2015 2:25:51 PM)
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