Urgent Help Please - converting PS Shape to Vectors in Illustrator

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Jess Litlock, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. Jess Litlock

    Jess Litlock Guest

    Hi all, urgent help needed please. Thanks to anyone able to.

    We have a Photoshop file which is essentially a Font typeface with some
    emboss and white Stroke as an outline. The background is transparent. We
    are having this urgently printed onto vinyl to affix onto a vehicle.

    However the shop needs to cut the vinyl neatly around the white Stroke
    outline, so the transparent background is just the car itself. This means
    their machine will need to automatically cut around all the intricacies of
    the letters that make up the wording.

    They have complained that the PSD is not vectored and when they try to
    import it into Illustrator, the resulting path looks horrible and we would
    not be happy with it.

    They need a vector outline of all the words to use as a path for the cutter.

    Q: Is there a way we can automatically convert the outlines of our Stroke
    (for the wording) and Shape (for another element) into a smooth vector path?

    Thanks in advance to anyone able to help.

    Jess Litlock, Nov 8, 2006
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    Mike Russell Guest

    Provided your text is still a text or shape layer, and not rasterized,
    delete all the layers except the text layer. You may need to alt double
    click the background layer first. Then save it as an eps file, with the
    "Include Vector Data" box checked. Send them the eps file, which should
    make Illy happy.

    If your objects have been rasterized, you're in an awkward position.
    Although Photoshop will convert a selection to a work path, the result is
    generally going to be sloppy. The easiest thing in that case is probably to
    recreate the text and objects.
    Mike Russell, Nov 8, 2006
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  3. Thanks Mike. Wouldn't another way to do it be select using the wand around
    the outline of the rasterized areas, then create new work path from that?
    Matthew Wilson, Nov 8, 2006
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    Mike Russell Guest

    From: "Matthew Wilson" <>
    Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 7:36 AM
    Subject: Re: Urgent Help Please - converting PS Shape to Vectors in

    This will create a path. Unless your letters are quite large, the text will
    appear distorted. I'm guessing this is the problem the vinyl letter folks
    are having.
    Mike Russell, Nov 8, 2006
  5. Yep they are large - actual size in fact. I.e. the vinyl print is 75cm and
    the PSD file is 75cm 300dpi. So, the path seems fairly hi-res and hopefully
    will do the trick.

    Matthew Wilson, Nov 8, 2006
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