14 Replies Latest reply: Aug 22, 2014 12:07 AM by FredA&R RSS

    how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator

    mark pilkinton Community Member

      I am running CS4 Master Suite on Mac 10.5.8 and in other CS versions of Illustrator, I could select the image I just placed and click "Edit Original" and the image would then open in Photoshop. Now the "Edit Original" is grayed out. I am sure it's a simple setting I am overlooking and I tried to search the forum, but get an admin error when trying to search the forum no matter what info I add in the search field. It seems the forum is all Adobe what's to give us as far as tech support....and now it is giving errors!

       

      Mark

        • 1. Re: how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator
          PrepressPro1 Community Member

          The file has to be placed as a Link, not embedded. If you go to the links panel and see a little graphic icon next to the link then you image is embedded. Select the link in the Links Panel and click the Go to Link icon at the bottom of the panel, this will center you up on the image so you can confirm it is the image you want to relink to. Now click the Relink Icon at the bottom of the Links panel. Navigate to the image which was placed. This will relink or update the link. Once this is done you only need to select the image in the Links panel and click on the Edit Original Icon at the bottom of the Links panel. This should launch PhotoShop and allow you to edit the linked file, now that it is well and truly linked and not embedded.

          • 2. Re: how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator
            mark pilkinton Community Member

            Thanks, for the input. I knew there was a simple answer to the problem. Even after I re-linked and re-selected the image, the edit option is still grayed out and after doing it again, I notice a check box when placing the image in the bottom left corner to "link" image. I guess it was there before and was checked by default, but one of the updates changed it. Or I unchecked it by accident!

            • 3. Re: how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator
              Printer_Rick Community Member

              Good advice already, this may be helpful too:

               

              When placing images, enable "link":

               

              link.jpg

              When saving AI, do not enable "Include Linked Content" (unless you have a need to embed all of your links, because that's what it does):AI_save.jpg

              It is not necessary to embed links for other applications, the image data is included in the PDF output portion of the AI file, and the other app will reference the PDF output (as long as you check "Create PDF Compatible File)

               

              As long as you always save this way, and link when placing, links remain dynamic content in Illustrator, and image links can be accessed in Photoshop with "Edit Original" in either the links panel or the Control bar.

              • 4. Re: how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator
                PrepressPro1 Community Member

                Sorry, I should have mentioned the check box in the place dialog window.

                • 5. Re: how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator
                  Printer_Rick Community Member

                  mark pilkinton wrote:

                   

                  Thanks, for the input. I knew there was a simple answer to the problem. Even after I re-linked and re-selected the image, the edit option is still grayed out and after doing it again, I notice a check box when placing the image in the bottom left corner to "link" image. I guess it was there before and was checked by default, but one of the updates changed it. Or I unchecked it by accident!

                  You beat me to it, my apologies for posting redundant information.

                  • 6. Re: how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator
                    PrepressPro1 Community Member

                    No worries, better to get more info. then be ignored. I can't imagine the OP minds more input.

                    • 7. Re: how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator
                      Wade_Zimmerman Community Member

                      Of course what we need is smart objects in Illustrator.

                      • 8. Re: how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator
                        claudia_majano Community Member

                        PrepressPro1 wrote:

                         

                        The file has to be placed as a Link, not embedded. If you go to the links panel and see a little graphic icon next to the link then you image is embedded. Select the link in the Links Panel and click the Go to Link icon at the bottom of the panel, this will center you up on the image so you can confirm it is the image you want to relink to. Now click the Relink Icon at the bottom of the Links panel. Navigate to the image which was placed. This will relink or update the link. Once this is done you only need to select the image in the Links panel and click on the Edit Original Icon at the bottom of the Links panel. This should launch PhotoShop and allow you to edit the linked file, now that it is well and truly linked and not embedded.

                         

                        Hi there!

                        The problem that I have is that I'm trying to edit the link image inside illustrator but when I clic "Edit original" it doesn't launch Photoshop but the preview mode on my Mac. How can I set up photoshop so when I clic "Edit original" will open Photoshop nor the other?
                        Thanks for your help!

                        • 9. Re: how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator
                          Wade_Zimmerman Community Member

                          In the finder find the type of file you have link, that is tiff or jpeg or psd or png, file type . When you find one g control or right click on the icon and from the contextual menu choose get info. You will see in the get info dialog a category Open with if it is not expanded expand it and change the application from Preview to Photoshop and then below tht  you will see something like apply to all of this type. Click that as well.

                          • 10. Re: how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator
                            claudia_majano Community Member

                            Wade_Zimmerman wrote:

                             

                            In the finder find the type of file you have link, that is tiff or jpeg or psd or png, file type . When you find one g control or right click on the icon and from the contextual menu choose get info. You will see in the get info dialog a category Open with if it is not expanded expand it and change the application from Preview to Photoshop and then below tht  you will see something like apply to all of this type. Click that as well.

                            Wade_Zimmerman... thank you so much!

                            You saved my life! It was very frustrating for me 'cause I knew it was easy!... so thanks!

                             

                            Happy New Year by the way!

                            • 11. Re: how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator
                              Wade_Zimmerman Community Member

                              Not so fast buddy…where do I send the bill!

                              • 12. Re: how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator
                                Wayne Knetter Community Member

                                Thank you so much for the advice, so the preference is a 'finder' problem' not an illustrator preference. The penny has finally dropped. I have change it in the finder 'info' window  and did 'change all' too - Brilliant

                                • 13. Re: how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator
                                  wmiami Community Member

                                  The only problem is that now if you're just browsing your images and just need a preview it will open it in Photoshop Adobe should find a way to overpass the OS standard to keep the suite integrated

                                  • 14. Re: how do I edit in Photoshop from Illustrator
                                    FredA&R Community Member

                                    I had a similar problem with an embedded image I got from a client — the image was not on my machine and hence unavailable for re-linking.

                                    To my (happy) surprise Illustrator CC has a feature to UNEMBED the image (don't know if this is also there in previous versions).

                                    Double click on the image and in the horizontal bar you will see the UNEMBED image button (screen shot attached).

                                    Unembed.jpgClicking on the button gives you the option of saving the image to disk as a PSD/other file.