I have created a CD design in Photoshop and exported this to Illustrator. However, the supplier needs the design to be an editable vector file?
Anybody know how to do this? I sent the supplier a JPEG file which I had imported into Illustrator but they said that was wrong?
"The supplier"? Do you mean the print vendor? If you do, they should not have a problem with a bitmap file. Requiring an editable Illustrator file could be part of their workflow, but something does not make sense with their requirement. Unless they need to cut the label out of the media, It's confusing what they are after. What about an Illustrator editable PDF? Give us their prepress checklist.
This is what they said:
"The artwork supplied even though it was in an illustrator document, all what has been done is put the JPG inside and illustrator file and therefore not editable for print.
Please can you resupply as a real and editable vector file?"
I created the file in Photoshop and it is saved as both a PSD and a JPEG. I think what I did was import the JPEG into Illustrator and then save as an Illustrator file. Is this wrong?! I am new to this!
John, there are two kinds of graphics; raster and vector.
The Photoshop image is raster, that is, it's pixel based and subject to resolution, (pixels per inch). Importing it to Illustrator doesn't change that.
Illustrator is a vector drawing application. Vector graphics are composed of mathematically defined objects, and are resolution-independent.
It sounds like the vendor is demanding vector graphics, although they aren't being clear about why that's the case. The phrase "editable for print" is somewhat erroneous.
You need to ask them about the output method. Is this something they'll be printing on the disk itself? If so, it's possible their process does indeed require a vector graphic.
Right. My point is a bitmap file could work. And, aside from that, an editable Illustartor file can "contain" a bitmap file. The advantage is the vendor can manipulate the file, assign a production run number, use customer generated trim marks and a die-cut vector path to a vector file. Perhaps the supplier can supply the post a vector based template file?
The Suppliers have said if I cannot provide this file then there will be a £60 charge for them to produce the artwork. I am new to the Adobe packages. Obviously I don't want a £60 charge if it's something simple I can do myself
Will I need to re-do the whole file in Illustrator?
Probably you will have to do that. It depends on the graphic you created and how you created it. But without even knowing the artwork you delivered and the exact specifications needed for the job, no one will be able to tell.
Basically, I got a CD Template (JPEG) off the web. Placed this in Photoshop and put my design on the template. Imported this into Illustrator and saved as an AI file but didn't work according to the supplier.
I tried doing a trace of the design also but this didn't work?
You should speak directly to the printer to find out what their problem is. I suspect you have been giving them a file with a rastered dieline and/or type. The rastered dieline would be difficult to remove or edit and rastered type simply looks bad. If your Photoshop design has live type, save your Photoshop file as a Photoshop PDF, the type will stay vector, which you want. Place this PDF into Illustrator and add any dieline or other elements you need, preferably on a new layer. Save the Illustrator file as a PDF.
OK, are you making a round label for a CD, or the liner that goes into a jewel case? You can probably find a vector template somewhere, but it's pretty easy to make one from your existing jpeg template.
Create a new Illustrator file, with bleed, to the size of the template. place your template into Illustrator. Make a new layer and call it Template. Go to the swatches panel and create a new spot color, call it Dieline and make it 100% magenta. Use the Pen tool, Line tool, or shape tool to recreate the lines on the original template in the Dieline stroke color, no fill. Make the lines .5pt wide. Hide or delete the layer with the placed jpeg, lock the new Template layer, place your Photoshop PDF and position to the template. Save as a PDF.
Open your PDF in Acrobat and confirm the Dieline layer is not knocking-out the art (Output Preview, turn the Dieline color on and off) and everything looks as expected. If you can post a screen shot, perhaps someone will provide more tips.
They don't want it in a PDF format. They want it in Illustrator format. I already had a CD template (JPEG) so I imported this into Photoshop, made my design and then exported to Illustrator.
I then saved it as an Illustrator file which they said needs to be an editable vector file.
I have managed to get so far with your instructions. When I try and 'place' the Photoshop PDF in Illustrator in the template, it doesn't appear. Just a white box appears with a blue cross?
Is there anyway I could email you the files?