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Work with Photoshop and Fresco documents

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      2. Import Photoshop and Fresco documents
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Learn how to place Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Fresco artwork in Illustrator on the iPad.

Illustrator on the iPad saves your creative work as cloud documents so that you can open your documents seamlessly across devices. You can also place your cloud documents from Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Fresco into your Illustrator documents.

Import Ps and Fr files into Illustrator on the iPad

Before you proceed

  • Ensure you're connected to the Internet to seamlessly work on cloud documents. If you're not connected to the Internet, your changes will be saved locally on your device. When you go online, changes are auto-synced to the cloud. If you're unable to find your cloud documents online or face any issues, see Why I can't see my cloud documents online?
  • Ensure the artwork you want to import or place from Photoshop on the iPad or desktop, or Adobe Fresco is saved as a cloud document so it becomes seamlessly available in other Creative Cloud apps. By default, all the documents that you create using CC apps on your iPad are automatically saved as cloud documents.

Need to work offline?

If you need to work without an Internet connection, see Prepare to work offline with cloud documents. If all the changes cannot be synced for any reason, you will not lose your work. Illustrator creates a conflict file (backup file) on your device, from which you can recover your changes. Once the file starts syncing on the cloud, the conflict icon is changed to the   icon. 

Offline working

A. Online only  B. Available offline C. Conflict file 

All synced Illustrator cloud files and assets in Creative Cloud Libraries consume the cloud storage that you get as part of your Creative Cloud membership.

Place Photoshop or Fresco files

To place your artwork created in Photoshop on the iPad or Fresco directly into Illustrator artboard, do the following:

  1. In the toolbar on the left, tap   and select Cloud documents.
    A dialog box appears displaying all the cloud documents that you've created using Creative Cloud apps other than Illustrator.
  2. Choose a file and select Link to create a link to the file, or deselect Link to embed the artwork in the Illustrator document.
  3. Tap Place to place a PSD cloud file. It'll take a few moments if your connection is slow or files are large.
  4. Manage linked files or choose from the Import Options to convert layers and edit your artwork.

Place linked PSD Cloud files into Illustrator artboard

If you've deselected Link when placing the cloud file, the Import options window displays that allows you to choose how to convert layers.

Manage a linked document

The Links menu helps you link a document within Illustrator on the iPad:

  1. Tap   in the toolbar on the right of your workspace.
  2. Choose any of the following options:

When you embed a PSD cloud file, the file is no longer linked to the source file.

Add links
Links panel

To monitor the status of a linked file check the following badges in the left hand corner of the linked file:
  • The   badge indicated a linked cloud file.
  • The   badge indicates that the original file has been modified and the linked file needs to be updated.
  • The   badge indicates that the linked file is missing and the file needs to be relinked.
  • Convert layers to objects: Select this option to import Photoshop layers as separate objects in the Illustrator document. This option also makes text editable wherever possible.
  • Flatten layers to a single image: Select this option to import the document as a single image.
  • Import hidden layers: Select this check box to import hidden layers. By default, hidden layers are not imported.

Create unique vector designs with imported Photoshop documents

Cross-app workflows

After you import a Photoshop or a Fresco design, you can use the Pen, Pencil, Paint Brush and Blob Brush tools to do vector designing and easily create a blend of scalar and vector graphics. Add colors, gradients, blends, and repeat patterns to give your designs a unique look. When done, you can publish or export your designs in a variety of formats.

Publish and export documents

When you finish editing your Photoshop and Fresco file in Illustrator on the iPad, the file is automatically saved as an Illustrator cloud document and is available in your Home screen.

You can Quick export as PNG file or publish this file in the following formats:

  • Illustrator (Ai)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
  • Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
  • Photoshop (PSD)
Publish and export
Publish and export options from the iPad

What's next

You can use the various vector designing features of Illustrator to give your artwork a unique look. See the following articles to do more:

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