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Best way to place an irregular shaped bitmap into Illustrator?

May 25, 2013 7:17 AM

Tags: #place_image

I wanted to confirm what i have observed and ask if there is a better way.

 

Case 1:

  • Open the photo in Photoshop
  • Create a clipping mask (in my case a teardrop shape) in Photoshop
  • Place the PSD file into Illustrator

Problem:

  • This works OK but when you view the image closely in Illustrator the edges are jagged

 

Case 2:

  • Open the photo in Photoshop
  • Create a clipping mask (in my case a teardrop shape) in Photoshop
  • Do a "Save As" the Photoshop file as a PDF file using [High Quality Print] as the Adobe PDF Preset
  • Place the PDF file into Illustrator

Problem:

  • None - now the edges are perfectly smooth, not jagged

 

Thank you very much for your help.

 
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