Trying to isolate a vector shape from PDF to PSD

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Adam, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. Adam

    Adam Guest

    Say there's a portion of a logo I need to use, but the only raw material I
    have to work with is a PDF. Granted, it's not rasterized, so the information
    is vector-based, which is good, but how do I go about importing only that
    specific shape, as a shape, into Photoshop for use in a new document?

    I tried opening the PDF in Illustrator, then selecting the shape using the
    Direct Selection tool, and dragging it into my opened Photoshop document...
    that'll work, but only as a smart layer. I'm not all that well-versed in
    smart layers, but from what I understand, the second document is now
    dependant on the first. My PSD file won't be self-sufficient. Or did I
    understand that part wrong?

    Either way, what would've been the RIGHT way to go from A to B, and end up
    with a SHAPE layer in Photoshop?
     
    Adam, Dec 21, 2008
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    Bob LaBlawgh Guest

    If you copy and paste, drag and drop or Place, you can get different
    results and different editing capabilities when you move between the CS
    components. (I've been baffled between Ill and InDesign on several
    occasions.)

    As well, you might want to try creating a new Illy doc with the portion
    you want, then exporting it as a raster image, and placing that into PS.
     
    Bob LaBlawgh, Dec 21, 2008
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  3. Adam

    Adam Guest

    I'm confused. Why would I want a rasterized image when the goal is to retain
    the vector info?

    If you copy and paste, drag and drop or Place, you can get different
    results and different editing capabilities when you move between the CS
    components. (I've been baffled between Ill and InDesign on several
    occasions.)

    As well, you might want to try creating a new Illy doc with the portion
    you want, then exporting it as a raster image, and placing that into PS.
     
    Adam, Dec 21, 2008
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  4. Adam

    gar Guest

    Hi:

    Like Bob said, Copy/Paste into PShop and select the Shape Layer checkbox
    to retain vector capabilities.
    quite easy.

    Gar
     
    gar, Dec 22, 2008
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  5. Adam

    Bob LaBlawgh Guest

    Sorry. You didn't specify what your eventual output (print, web, etc)
    would be, but since it's Photoshop, it won't be vector. A smart object
    will allow you to modify it within the .psd but if you want all the info
    contained in the .psd, and not dependent on some other file, you need to
    embed the image. So if you have the logo info the way you want it, why
    not just make it easy and rasterize it before placing?

    Perhaps I've got it wrong for your situation.
     
    Bob LaBlawgh, Dec 22, 2008
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    Fred Guest

    Say there's a portion of a logo I need to use, but the only raw material I
    If you place, drag, copy/paste something in PS as a smartobject, this object
    is embedded in the psd-file.
    You are NOT dependant of another file.
    If you double-click the smartobject-layer the associated program will launch
    and open the object. (not the one you copied from!)
    The 'base'-object remains in the psd-file.
     
    Fred, Dec 22, 2008
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  7. Adam

    Adam Guest

    Good to know, thanks!
     
    Adam, Dec 23, 2008
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  8. Adam

    Adam Guest

    Yup, that did it. Thanks!
     
    Adam, Dec 23, 2008
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