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When I open a Photoshop Elements drawing in Illustrator, it's much smaller

Nov 26, 2012 3:13 PM

Tags: #illustrator #resize #photoshop_elements #rescale

I've made a sketch in Photoshop Elements. The resolution was 743 by 663 pixels. I'm wanting to finish this in Illustrator, but when I open the same file (I have tried both PNG and PSD so far with the same results) in Illustrator, the image is extremely small, yet it says it is zoomed in 100%. In order for me to draw on this, it needs to be the same size that it looked like when it was opened in Photoshop. I understand the image is not actually resized, but the scale makes it appear smaller. And I also understand that illustrator's "pixels" measurments are incorrect (or so I have been told and observed)

I attempted simply rescaling the image myself with the select tool, but unfortunately I lose resolution and some of my sketch lines when I do this.

I'm not a master at any of these programs, so if you have an answer to how I could get the image scale to be "normal," please explain carefully. Thank you.

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    Nov 26, 2012 3:20 PM   in reply to Badonkers

    Illustrator takes the image's ppi value to calculate the size on the artboard.


    I assume that this value is much higher than 72 ppi.


    BTW: what do you mean "finish"?

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    Nov 26, 2012 3:32 PM   in reply to Badonkers

    So you want to trace this image (manually?) and then color it and delete the PSD?


    Then just scale it in Illustrator and do what you need to do.

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    Nov 26, 2012 4:24 PM   in reply to Badonkers

    It is simple math.


    If you desire an image's width to take up, for instance, 6 lineal inches in AI, the math is:


    A 300 dpi image needs to be 1800 pixels in width: 300 x 6 = 1800

    A 72 dpi image needs to be only 432 pixels in width: 72 x 6 = 432


    the blue top image is 1800 px in width @ 300 dpi

    the green lower image is 432 px in width @ 72 dpi


    Both were placed at 100% in size.


    Take care, Mike



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    Nov 26, 2012 10:10 PM   in reply to Badonkers

    It happens when the resolution is already 72 ppi(almost the same but still not the same size). Use 'to100pct(find it here' script if you don't want to bother resizing it manually.

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