3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 14, 2011 3:20 PM by SebastiaoV

    Paste Into an Illustrator Path

    SebastiaoV Level 1

      Hi guys,

      i have this Illustrator file (an .ai file)


      Captura de pantalla 2011-07-14 a las 17.41.55.png


      the i imported to Indesign and I would like to "Paste Into" this image




      To look something like this idea




      I can't do it the image will be paste in the box of the graphic and inside each ball. 1) Should i fix the illustrator file in any particular way? don't know save as or expand? 2) I know i might be able to do that on Photoshop but it would be 10 times better and faster to work it out in InDesign.


      Thanks for any help or info!



        • 1. Re: Paste Into an Illustrator Path
          Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

          You need to make the Illustrator file into a compound path (with no fill would probably be a good idea). I suspect you also need to copy and paste, rather than place it in ID, then you can select the compound path and place your image inside it.

          • 2. Re: Paste Into an Illustrator Path
            SebastiaoV Level 1

            Right on everything Peter. Thanks for the info. Just curious i don't know why from Illustrator to InDesign Place doesn't work and copy+paste do?




            • 3. Re: Paste Into an Illustrator Path
              Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Copy and paste gives you access to the paths, including a compound path created from the paths.


              When you place an image (e.g., as an AI file), it's treated as a single object. It can go through transformations—scaling, skewing, rotating, etc.—but you don't have access to its parts.


              The disadvantage of copy/paste is that it only works for a relatively simple path (up to about 500 points). If it's more than that, it's treated as a single object, and is uneditable.

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