Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Exporting Illustrator artwork as a PSD

From: Illustrator for Web Design

Video: Exporting Illustrator artwork as a PSD

Many web designers use more than one application to create their web site designs. They don't just stick with something specifically like Illustrator or Photoshop. So we have to be able to move our files from one application to the other. And lucky for us, Illustrator has a built in Export feature that allows us to share our documents as other formats. In this movie, I'm going to show you how to move a file from Illustrator to Photoshop by using the native PSD Export feature. First things first: I need to go up to the File menu and choose Export.

Exporting Illustrator artwork as a PSD

Many web designers use more than one application to create their web site designs. They don't just stick with something specifically like Illustrator or Photoshop. So we have to be able to move our files from one application to the other. And lucky for us, Illustrator has a built in Export feature that allows us to share our documents as other formats. In this movie, I'm going to show you how to move a file from Illustrator to Photoshop by using the native PSD Export feature. First things first: I need to go up to the File menu and choose Export.

And once I do that, I'm going to select a destination for this. I'll just save this out in my Chapter 12 exercise files folder. And I'll save this out as a PSD file, Photoshop document, and I'll click Export. Once I do that, I get to select a color model. Of course this is a screen graphic, a web site graphic, so I want to keep it on RGB. You do have the option of doing CMYK or grayscale, but in this case I want RGB. Resolution, well since it's going to the web, I think I'm going to stick with 72 pixels per inch. Now, I can also choose to do it as a flat image.

If I choose Flat Image, that means no layers. So, if I want the layers to be preserved going forward, I need to choose Write layers. I need to also choose whether or not I want to preserve text editability, so if I want to be able to change that, and maximum editability, meaning do I want objects to be able to be edited and resized and scaled and things like that if at possible? Yes. Anti-aliasing. If you don't know what this means, you can hover over this. It tells you it's best suited for text objects. Text anti-aliasing settings will be honored, and so I try to leave that on.

Then whether or not you want to embed the ICC profile, again, this is up to you and how you manage your color in your applications. In this case, I'm going to leave this checked to embed the sRGB profile, because I want to keep my color consistent from one document to another. So I'll hit OK. It will tell me here that some containers in the AI document have been flattened. That's okay. I'm going to hit Don't Show Again and hit OK. That's going to write a Photoshop file for me, and now if jump over into Photoshop and hit Command+O or Ctrl+O to open up a file, I'll go to Chapter 12, there is my color_share.psd. And if I open that up--I'll close my Swatches panel so you can see it and bring my Layers panel out-- you can see I have my header layer, which is turned into a Photoshop group; my content layer, which is a Photoshop group; I have my footer; my background; and then of course my background group, which also has the rays of light, and the rays of light have actually been masked out using a layer mask right here, which is absolutely awesome.

So I can actually select individual pieces of content, move it around. So if I want to go into the header, I could find different pieces of the header and turn them on and off. See there, I'm turning off the search box at the top, turning off the menu bar at the top, again, the header at the top there. I can open up the content area and see the different parts of that. So, the logo, for instance, if I wanted to move the logo, I can move that. Every piece is independent just as it was inside of Illustrator. Now, do you lose some things in translation? Absolutely. For instance, the shapes that were once vector inside of Illustrator are no longer vector inside of Photoshop.

Photoshop is a pixel-based application, so I lose the scalability of these things. That's why it's probably better to design your mockup in one application or the other and then use assets from a particular application. So basically, if I wanted to work in Photoshop, I would create the shapes and all the stuff inside of Photoshop first and then bring in things like the logo, the rays of light, and stuff like that, as Illustrator files placed as Smart Objects, to maintain their vector editability and scalability as well, because you never know what you're going to have to change.

But if you needed to send this to somebody who just absolutely had to work on this in Photoshop, you could simply do that by using the native PSD Export, sending it out to Photoshop, and then they can open it and manipulate it as they see fit.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Illustrator for Web Design
Illustrator for Web Design

67 video lessons · 26722 viewers

Justin Seeley
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 1m 13s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 43m 51s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 57s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      2m 40s
    3. Exploring the Illustrator to HTML workflow
      3m 42s
    4. Setting up Illustrator for web work
      6m 55s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      6m 25s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      3m 31s
    7. Using artboards for responsive layouts
      7m 42s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      4m 31s
    9. Working with Pixel Preview and anti-aliasing
      6m 28s
  3. 25m 28s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      6m 47s
    2. Understanding web color
      3m 47s
    3. Creating a color palette
      5m 4s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      4m 50s
    5. Working with fills and strokes
      5m 0s
  4. 13m 15s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 54s
  5. 24m 5s
    1. Drawing simple shapes
      4m 16s
    2. Working with Pathfinder
      5m 4s
    3. Using the Shape Builder tool
      4m 33s
    4. Creating symbols
      6m 24s
    5. Editing and replacing symbols
      3m 48s
  6. 20m 22s
    1. Planning your project
      2m 56s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      5m 56s
    3. Developing a layout with shapes
      6m 21s
    4. Using a grid system
      5m 9s
  7. 25m 53s
    1. Exploring the rules of typography
      4m 1s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      3m 37s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      1m 46s
    4. Creating and using paragraph styles
      5m 16s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      3m 2s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      8m 11s
  8. 21m 17s
    1. Understanding object appearance
      4m 43s
    2. Applying and editing live effects
      3m 34s
    3. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 13s
    4. Creating more flexible rounded rectangles
      3m 17s
    5. Saving appearance as graphic styles
      6m 30s
  9. 35m 57s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      5m 23s
    2. Adding master elements
      6m 45s
    3. Creating navigation buttons
      13m 34s
    4. Working with photographs
      5m 50s
    5. Simulating pages with artboards
      4m 25s
  10. 54m 45s
    1. Creating video placeholders
      10m 33s
    2. Creating buttons
      13m 1s
    3. Creating form fields
      8m 15s
    4. Creating radio boxes and checkboxes
      5m 11s
    5. Creating progress bars
      10m 12s
    6. Creating tabbed interfaces
      7m 33s
  11. 35m 28s
    1. Understanding slicing
      3m 26s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      5m 33s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      3m 50s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 29s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 43s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      3m 46s
    8. Exporting SVG graphics
      6m 35s
  12. 9m 29s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      3m 4s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      4m 36s
    3. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 49s
  13. 15m 29s
    1. Placing Illustrator Smart Objects
      3m 22s
    2. Sharing color swatches between apps
      2m 9s
    3. Exporting Illustrator artwork as a PSD
      3m 49s
    4. Importing artwork into Fireworks
      2m 41s
    5. Exporting HTML from Illustrator
      3m 28s
  14. 1m 19s
    1. Taking the next step
      1m 1s
    2. Goodbye
      18s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Illustrator for Web Design.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.