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Daniel M

So I know this is an oolllldddd thread and not trying to bump it but figured I'd add some relevant information to this thread seeing as it was the first one that popped up when I did my Google search. I kept looking around as these options were not doing the job. I'm currently using CS3 (haven't up'd to CS4 yet) and in order to easily bring a Photoshop file into Illustrator and preserve the transparency all you need to do is go to "File" -> "Place..." and select the appropriate .psd file (dragging it from Photoshop into a Illustrator design added a lovely white background which is impossible to remove since Illustrator is vector based). From there I haven't had any problems with any aspect of my design, including Print (as I saw a comment that mentioned print issues).

Unfortunately, I am not sure of how to do this for Quark as I don't use it - I use InDesign.

Hope this helps someone!!!


also, if you don't want to go through the process of creating new clipping path, you can use photoshop to select your layers create a path from that, and export paths to illustrator..

clipping path

Quite informative post...


That's a big mistake you make there. You can put photoshop images (including transparency) into illustrator and it might look like the image still got its tranparancy... untill you bring to the printing office. There's you're rectangle again.


Just a quick tip: make sure the path in photoshop is a Clipping Path - not just a regular path. It's an option in the path menu. Cheers!


You can preserve transparency into both Illustrator and Quark by first saving the Photoshop file with transparency. This is done from, of all places, the Help menu.

Select Help >> Export Transparent Image
and Photoshop will step you through the process. It's straightforward if your artwork is already on a transparent background. I rename the resulting EPS file something meaningful, rather than Photoshop's "Export Assistant-1.eps".

Whether you then go to Illustrator and select File >> Open, or from an open file select File >> Place, or use the EPS file in Quark, the transparent areas are masked out.

The biggest side effect is that sometimes the resulting Photoshop EPS file is much bigger than the original JPEG or TIFF, and, at least in Quark versions up to 5, the EPS wouldn't preview accurately even though it printed fine.

Aaron K

Additionaly, the entire CS suite is cross-compatible, thus you can save your image as a psd, and import it into illustrator saving the transparancy. Im not sure if Quark can use psd's but my guess is no, but InDesign can. On a side note, if you are sending these files to a printer, these files can get very large quickly, so it is always a good idea to export to a pdf file as well as turning all fonts to outlines.

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