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Placing Illustrator Smart Objects

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Video: Placing Illustrator Smart Objects

Illustrator has a wide variety of tools that can be used to do some really crazy stuff, but in the end there are some things that Illustrator simply can't do that we need to use other applications for. And in many cases I find myself taking graphics from Illustrator and placing them into other applications like Adobe Photoshop in order to achieve some really neat effects. In this movie I'm going to be exploring how to place an Illustrator file inside of Photoshop as something called a Smart Object, which you can then run filters on nondestructively to make changes to it.

Placing Illustrator Smart Objects

Illustrator has a wide variety of tools that can be used to do some really crazy stuff, but in the end there are some things that Illustrator simply can't do that we need to use other applications for. And in many cases I find myself taking graphics from Illustrator and placing them into other applications like Adobe Photoshop in order to achieve some really neat effects. In this movie I'm going to be exploring how to place an Illustrator file inside of Photoshop as something called a Smart Object, which you can then run filters on nondestructively to make changes to it.

So I've got here a blank document inside of Photoshop, and what I'm going to do is place an Illustrator file in there. So I'm going to go to File > Place. Inside of my Chapter 12 file folder there is a bg_place.ai file. I'll click Place. It's going to bring up the Place PDF dialog box, and I want to crop it to the bounding box of this, and I'm just going to hit OK. It should come in full screen, and once it pops in there, I'll hit Enter or Return to commit to it, and there it is, on my background. And so what I want to do now, let's say I wanted to run a filter on this, like maybe Photoshop new Oil Paint Filter.

I can just go up to the Filter menu. Since this is a Smart Object, it allows me do that. I'll go up here and choose Oil Paint. That brings me in here, and I can maneuver this around to change it in many different ways till I get it exactly like I like it. And I'll hit OK. And once I commit to that, you can see that it runs the filter right there on that Smart Object.

Now the best thing about placing an Illustrator file into Photoshop is that I can double-click on that Smart Object and it will launch this in Illustrator. It will tell me here that this document has been modified out of Illustrator. That's okay. What I'm going to do is discard the changes for now and hit OK. That opens it up. You can see here it says Vector Smart Object. And so now I'm just going to select this background piece. And it's at 50%. I'm going to change that to 100%. There we go. Save that. And once I save it and jump back into Photoshop, you'll see the background update automatically, and then I can also change the filter as well.

So I can double-click where it says Oil Paint. It will bring me back into the Oil Paint dialog box, and I can change. So I can reduce the Shine, turn back the Cleanliness. Let's up the Stylization a little bit. There we go. And reduce the Scale, increase the Brush Detail, hit OK. Now I've got a nice background image that I could use for an application or even for a web site if I choose to, but I did that all from just placing that Illustrator file into the Photoshop document. And as long as I keep this as a PSD file, the Smart Object will exist there, and I can make changes to it anytime I want simply by double-clicking, making the change, saving it, and coming back in.

So the Adobe Illustrator to Photoshop workflow is actually pretty seamless. It works the same way if you wanted to take a Photoshop document and place it into Illustrator as well. All you would have to do is export out your PSD file and then go into Illustrator and choose File > Place and place the PSD file into Illustrator as well. So the next time you have a project that just isn't quite getting it done inside of Illustrator, try dropping it into another program like Photoshop, running some filters, and see what you come up with.

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Illustrator for Web Design

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  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

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