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Why does the image shrink?

Why does the image shrink?

Why does the image shrink?

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A friend of mine has this problem with Illustrator/Photoshop and wanted to know if I could help. Basically he wanted to know why is it that when he drags and drops from Illustrator to Photoshop, the image shrinks (from 300dpi to 70). Apparently this started happening after he reinstalled Illustrator. I'm thinking that is probably some default setting in either Photoshop or most likely Illustrator but I don't have Illustrator so I don't know for sure. Any ideas on how he can fix this?

RE: Why does the image shrink?

Hi,

Dragging en dropping is never a good idea if you wan't quality. If you have an image in Photoshop it  is better to place it. This way the quality is guaranteed. When dragging and dropping you go past the clipboard, even if you don't notice it. So If you still wan't to use drag and dropping go in the preferences of illustrator and use the AICB option. But I would strongly recommend the place command.

hope this helps
grillhouse

RE: Why does the image shrink?

Illustrator is resolution independant do it never was "300 dpi", it was only the width and height of what it was. If you drag an elemnt or group of elements into a photoshop document, they will be rasterized at that documents resolution. Its much better to copy and paste so you get the option of pasting as pixels or vectors.

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RE: Why does the image shrink?

Jaquan, I am having similar problems, when I copy & paste from Ill. 8 to PS.  The image is decreasing in print size.  I haven't ever experienced this b4 and am wondering if I "bumped" a setting or something??  Can you clarify your answer above, I am very interested in this answer.
("Illustrator is resolution independant (do it never )was "300 dpi", it was only the width and height of what it was")This is what I thought but suddenly it is bringing it in at a smaller print size.

RE: Why does the image shrink?

girlee32114,

ok I am working on a similar problem.  In my case the vector I was copy/pasting from Illustrator into PS was larger then my PS canvas size.  PS shrinks to fit if this is the case. How I got snuck, the template I created was to size, but since I have noticed long time ago PS cuts corners off I got used to darwing a extra square around my logo or whatever artwork I wanted to paste.  Well I just randomly drew that square as usual but it exeeded my PS canvas size.  Now my vector is pasting to exact print size as jaquan suggested above.  Thanks.  

• So now I have decided to find out why PS cut these edges off pasted vector artwork and how to avoid this without rigging, such as my temporary fix the box.  Maybe this shape layer option in the paste dialog box is the answer??

Hope this helps your friend.

RE: Why does the image shrink?

A few things to keep in mind.
Always plan ahead when working in PS because if you create a new document at 72dpi, you will never be able to get a clean print. You can always reduce resolution, but there are just no algorythms that could intropolate up without losing quality. (simply changing it to 300dpi will only stretch out a low res image, not add quality). A good rule of thumb is to start everything at 300. If you need a web image later, simply use the save for web function and you've covered all your bases.

Now as for bringing in AI elements. Once again, plan ahead. If your image is predominatly AI shapes and just needs a little "wow", export out of AI as a .psd. This will rastorize your AI file at any resolution and color scheme as well as maintain your layers and type. If you have a PS image that needs some shapes from AI, try to copy and paste them over one at a time, this will help with layering in PS anyway.

To prepare yourself for what you might see upon pasting just remember the width and height of the pasted art wont change, only the resolution. So if you've made a .psd that is 8.5x11@300dpi and you paste a 2 inch object in it will fit fine, if you paste in something larger than one of those dimensions it be too large. Not to worry though because you can always resize and adjust placment before confirming(rastorizing) by hitting enter.

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