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Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop

From: Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop

In his movie, I'll show you a couple different ways to rasterize your illustration so you can view it inside Photoshop. And that way you can make sure that everything is working out as planned. And in the first case, we'll rasterize the artwork as a flat file, and then I'll show you how to rasterize your illustration as a layered image so that you can edit the text, for example. So let's start by creating some text. I'll switch to the Type tool, which I can get by pressing the T key, and then I'll just click somewhere inside my artwork to create some point text. And I'll enter the word Superhero shield, for example. And then I'll press the Esc key in order to accept that text.

Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop

In his movie, I'll show you a couple different ways to rasterize your illustration so you can view it inside Photoshop. And that way you can make sure that everything is working out as planned. And in the first case, we'll rasterize the artwork as a flat file, and then I'll show you how to rasterize your illustration as a layered image so that you can edit the text, for example. So let's start by creating some text. I'll switch to the Type tool, which I can get by pressing the T key, and then I'll just click somewhere inside my artwork to create some point text. And I'll enter the word Superhero shield, for example. And then I'll press the Esc key in order to accept that text.

Now we can't see it because it's too small and it's black, so I'll change it to white by clicking on the first color swatch up here in the Control panel and selecting White from my list of swatches. And then you can see that the text appears by default in Myriad Pro, which is just fine. I am going to raise the Type Size however to 60 points and then press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac. And now just to distinguish my text a little bit, I'll add a Drop Shadow by going up to the Effect menu, choosing Stylize, and then choosing Drop Shadow. Again if you loaded dekeKeys, you can press Ctrl+Alt+E or Command+Option+E on a Mac.

These are my last applied settings, which are just fine; so Normal for the mode, Opacity 50%, an X Offset of -2 points, a Y Offset of 2 points, and a Blur of 2 points as well. Then I'll turn on the Preview checkbox and I end up with this effect here. Now I'll click OK. Now if you want Photoshop to be able to see this text, you need to set it on an independent layer. I'll create a layer here inside the Layers panel by Alt+clicking or Option+clicking on the Page icon at the bottom of the panel. And I'll go ahead and call this layer text, and then I'll change its color to Light Red, and click OK.

Now with the text still selected, I'll go ahead and drag this orange box on the right side of the Layers panel up into the text layer. And now I have all of my editable text on an independent layer, which as I say is essential if you ever want to be able to edit this text inside Photoshop. Now let's see how to rasterize this file. I am going to save it out by going up to the File menu and choosing the Save As command. And then I'll go ahead and name this layer, let's say, Shield with text, and then I'll click on the Save button in order to save out my document.

The Illustrator CS6 format is just fine. I want all the checkboxes turned on, very important that this first checkbox be turned on if you want Bridge and Photoshop to be able see the file. Then go ahead and click OK in order to save it out. Now it may take a moment or two, because there is a lot going on inside this file. Once it gets done saving, return to the File menu and choose Browse in Bridge. And direct the Bridge to the contents of the 32_photoshop folder if you're working along with me, and you'll see this file called Shield with text. Now if all you want to do is open it as a flat file inside of Photoshop, then you right-click on the thumbnail here inside the Bridge, choose Open With, and then choose Photoshop CS6. And that will bring up the Import PDF dialog box here inside Photoshop.

This assumes of course that you own a copy of the Creative Suite so you have access to Photoshop. I'll change my Thumbnail Size to Fit Page, so that we can see a large version of the artwork. Now, if you want to crop the artwork to the artboard, then you want to set Crop To to Art Box right here. By default it's set to Bounding Box. Now where this artwork is concerned, either is going to work just fine. And then you can set the exact size and resolution at which you want to open the artwork so you can scale the artwork as you open it. That's totally okay. You can even convert your illustration from CMYK, which is how I've set up this document, to RGB or some other space.

But in my case I'll just leave it set to CMYK Color; everything else is just fine. Then click OK in order to rasterize that illustration, and you'll end up with this effect here. Now as you can see, everything is looking just great. So we haven't lost a single effect inside the artwork. The only problem is, if you take a look at your Layers panel, you'll see that you have a single layer called Layer 1. And so all the pixels including the text are fused together, which is not what I want. I want to be able to edit that text and to do that you need to export the PSD document-- that is the layered Photoshop document--from Illustrator.

So I am going to switch back to Illustrator, and then I'll go up to the File menu and choose the Export command. And if you loaded dekeKeys, I've given you a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+Alt+X or Command+Shift+Option+X on the Mac. Now by default, Save as type is set to the first option which is AutoCAD drawing. That's of course not at all what we want. I want to save this illustration as a native PSD document, so that it contains all the layers that I need. And I've gone ahead and saved this document in advance as Layers from Illustrator.

It has a -01 after it because I turned on Use Artboards, so that we're cropping the artwork to the artboards. Which is essential, because otherwise you're going to get a bunch of white outside of this gradient rectangle. And if I wanted to replace this existing document then I would get rid of the -01 and then click on Save. Next, you'll get the Photoshop Export Options dialog box; in our case I am going to leave the Color Model set to CMYK, a Resolution of High is just fine, although you can dial in your own if you want to save an even higher resolution version of this document.

Because you want access to the text, you want to turn on the right Layers radio button here, but bear in mind this only works--even if this checkbox Preserve Text Editability is turned on--this only works if you've assigned your text to an independent layer, as I've done here. Also turn on Maximum Editability, so in other words all of the checkboxes are on. We want to set Anti-aliasing to Type Optimized so that we get hinted characters, in other words the text is specifically optimized for the current type size. And then click OK in order to create that file.

Now in my case I've already created the file in advance, so I am going to click Cancel. And now I'll return to the Bridge by going to the File menu and choosing Browse in Bridge, or you can press Ctrl+Alt+O or Command+Option+O on a Mac. And if you have access to the Exercise Files, you'll see this file called Layers from Illustrator-01.psd, so-called because it's the first and only as it turns artboard. I'll double-click on that file to open it up in Photoshop, and if you take a look at the Layers panel you can see that you've got this text group with a bunch of subgroups inside of it; but ultimately you do have an independent text layer, which you can now edit.

And I'll do so by switching to the Type tool, which you also get in Photoshop by pressing the T key, and I'll just go ahead and change this text to My superhero shield, let's say. And I'll press the Enter key on the numerical keypad in order to accept my changes. Notice that updates the type just fine, so we've got editable type inside Photoshop; however, that does not change the Drop Shadow. The Drop Shadow was rendered out as an independent image layer. But that's really no problem because you can recreate that Drop Shadow very easily. So I'll turn off the Image layer in order to get rid of the Illustrator shadow, and then I'll drop down to the fx icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and I'll choose Drop Shadow to bring up the big old Layer Style dialog box.

Now assuming default settings, you want to change the Opacity value to 50%, then change the Angle value to 45 degrees. Tab your way to the Distance value and change it to 10 pixels, and then change the Size to 10 pixels as well, and you'll get roughly equivalent effect to what we were seeing inside of Illustrator. Then click OK in order to accept the change. And that's how you rasterize your artwork for viewing in Photoshop, both as a flat file from the Bridge, and as a layered file, complete with editable text from Illustrator.

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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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