I use illustrator most of the time. I'm designing a brochure and I've always embedded images, but now I'm trying to it correctly by linking them instead. So I have an image in ps as a tiff. I created a drop shadow for the image in illustrator. I want to copy and paste it behind the image into the same file so both are one file linked to the brochure. Also the drop shadow pastes as too small, then i also can't get it positioned right etc. Please explain how to do this step by step. I've been trying for hours to figure it out. thanks!
Why are you not just creating the shadow in Photoshop (Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow for example)?
Edit: After changing the background layer to a regular one and increasing Image > Canvas Size if necessary.
someone told me that it was better to make drop shadows in illustrator. I don't know why that would be. Is there anything different about making it in photoshop? There was some discussion somewhere that making drop shadows in illustrator as an effect made it scale differently than if it was done in photoshop. Or maybe it was something about resolution. Since I'm a novice with photoshop (i use illy), I just don't know, but I want to learn how to do all these technical things CORRECTLY on my work
someone told me that it was better to make drop shadows in illustrator.
It may be if that’s the end of it (especially with regards to Blend Modes for the Drop Shadow) – but the way I understood your description you tried getting the ai-shadow into Photoshop and that would seem not to make a lot of sense.
Actually that's what i thought when the other person said to do it that way, but I'm new to linking and i know there are many things that don't translate the same in ps and illy. Ps is relatively new to me. So it would work perfectly fine if I went into the ps file of the image and created a drop shadow right there then went back to my original .ai file and clicked "place" to link the ps file to the brochure file?
i mean, if you personally had designed a brochure containing images with drop shadows behind some of them in .ai, how would you do it? I guess I'm not totally sure what things i should link and what things i should just embed. Thanks!
If a placed psd includes a Drop Shadow (created in Photoshop) this will take the Blend Mode of the object – so if you want the image Normal but the shadow for example to Multiply that is not convenient.
Furthermore if you place several psd files, scale them to different percentages but want them all to have identically dimensioned Drop Shadows it would be more convenient to do that in Illustrator than to counter-calculate the magnifications and set the Drop Shadows in Photoshop accordingly.
If the shadow is supposed to be a straight Drop Shadow (no perspectival distorsions, gradual blurring etc.) I see no significant advantage of creating it in Photoshop as opposed to the layout application from whence the output-pdf will be created – if your output is indeed a pdf.
In general I would not recommend embedding images in Illustrator (or Indesign) as that imbues the risk of disregarding potential changes made on placed images later on.
What happened is this: my client emailed me the image as a jpg. I downloaded it, then right clicked "open with" - photoshop. It opened in photoshop. Then I saved it as a tif. (maybe i didn't need to do this). Then still in psd i went to image size - and made the image 6x4 inches (the image is supposed to be printed 3x2 inches on the brochure) . Then I made it 300 dpi resolution and kept the resampling box checked. Then I went to layer styles; drop shadow; and used the drop shadow menu to get it the size and placement and opacity i desired .It's just a plain rectangular drop shadow which is a little offset behind the plain rectangular photo. I did check the box where the image would drop out the drop shadow (or whatever it said:). The drop shadow is on the same layer as the image. Then behind all of it is a larger rectangle of the grey and white boxes, which show thru thru the drop shadow in psd. I'm assuming this is simply the artboard. Then i named it and saved it into a "links" folder which i plan to include in the folder containing the illy brochure file.
Since the psd image is 6x4 inches, will it reset to 3x2 when printed to match the placed image size? Or should I size the psd image exactly like the illy placed image? Is the drop shadow in this case a blend like you were describing earlier?
Did i do anything wrong in the process which will make the brochure print incorrectly, or am i being too confusing for you to know ? ))
I'm so nervous about how it all translates from one to the other. Thanks in advance!