I need to convert a layered psd file to a vector file but have never used illustrator (cs5). Could someone please help me with the steps I need to accomplish this? It is a logo I've created that is all white on a transparent background. I'm on a mac, OS 10.7.4
Thanks for your help!!
Which steps to take depends on the nature of your logo.
Get aquainted with the pen tool, the shape tools, the pathfinder panel, how to convert stokes to shapes and much more. The manual is a good starting point.
Don't expect that you will be able to accomplish this task with just a few steps.
And BTW: did you by chance already create shape layers in Photoshop? Then you could open the PSD in Illustrator and convert your shape layers to objects.
If it is all white on a transparent background that is is simple in Photoshop select the white Select>Color Range or witht he magic wand if itis all white this should be fairly easy.
the Go to the Path Panel and from the flyout select Make Working Path and then from the same flyout menu Choose S aave path and give it a name
then go to File>Export>Paths to Illustrator
You can either then open or placethe resulting document in Illustrator
In Illusrator you will have to fill the paths with wwhite and make the paths that make up a shape with a whole in it into a compound path select them both and Command or Control 8
Yes, I already created the layers in Photoshop. I have to send the logo to be screen printed for some tee shirts, so unfortunately, I don't have much time to learn all the tools, etc. in Illustrator. I was hoping for some fairly easy suggestions for a novice like me. Thank you!
In Photoshop you could convert the text to vector shape layers. Those will be exported as paths.
And no: there is no simple solution for the beginner. Think about giving the T-Shirt folks a few bucks and have them make it for you.
Not to pick on the original poster, but I just don't understand the extremely common problem of so many people wanting to design a "logo" and default to using Photoshop to create it. To me it makes about as much sense as trying to use Microsoft PowerPoint to edit a video. Funny thing: some people (especially those in the military and federal government) think PowerPoint is a logo design tool.
I won't get into the differences between a real logo and "logos" that are really complex graphical compositions/illustrations or just out and out phone book ads.
Whatever branding thing the designer is putting together, if it is ever intended to be used on everything from business cards to billboards the finished design needs to have its primary base version consist of 100% vector-based graphics. Better still, make it able to work in a single ink color and be legible at very small print sizes. It's actually easier to design a logo in Illustrator than in Photoshop. At best, Photoshop has a pretty crude vector tool set -a tool set not originally designed for creating logos and graphics but rather doing things like creating clipping paths around photographic objects.
I deal with customer provided "logos" all the time. Most arrive either as a JPEG or Photoshop PSD file, and typically with the pixel count of a decent sized web page graphic. The customers get glassy-eyed with confusion when told about the differences between fixed resolution raster graphics and scalable, resolution independent vector graphics and why us sign people almost always need the latter. In the end the customer gets to spend more money on design charges, either by us re-creating the graphics in vector form or having the designer who originally made it do the same. Often the original designer can't do the vector conversion because he either doesn't have Illustrator (Inkscape is a free open-source alternative) or just doesn't want to mess with it.
I would change your logo to black and tell the silkscreen person it prints in white ink. When they get a white on white file, they might be confused. If you want to keep it white, make it a spot color white (100% spot color).
You can save your layered Photoshop file as a Photoshop pdf, this will convert your type to outlines when you open it in Illustrator. Use Press Quality and preserve photoshop editing capabilities on. You can re-open this file in Photoshop to edit it, but once it is opened and saved in Illustrator, you won't be able to open it in Photoshop again as a vector file. Actually, just send the Photoshop PDF, there is really no need to open the PDF in Illustrator at all, unless you wanted to add to it.
Thanks to everyone who took time to reply to my post. I appreciate your feedback. It is very helpful to receive replies from other community members that respond with patience to what may seem (to them) elementary questions. I have some good work ahead of me to learn about Illustrator!
If all you need to do with this particular task is print t-shirts, why do you think it has to be vector-based artwork?
It is a common misconception that everything for screen printing has to be vector.
Regarding "logos" you are far better off creating as vector artwork and then re-purposing (rasterizing) from that when you need raster images, than trying to do it the other way around.
Just doing what the screen printers have told me they need. And yes, now that I've gone through this experience, I've discovered that I will create the artwork as a vector next time around. This is my first experience creating a logo for our church youth group. Plus, I'm more comfortable working in Photoshop. I'm just getting my feet wet with Illustrator.