How to Turn a PSD Into a Vector

Written by katrina matterhorn
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"PSD" is the default extension for Photoshop files. If you want to use Adobe Illustrator to edit an image, you can convert it to a vector file through the application. With Adobe Illustrator, you can edit and create vector graphics for use in a variety of media outlets -- both on and offline. Converting the PSD file to a vector file requires is a short process; the file can then be saved as a vector file moving forward.

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  1. 1

    Double-click the Adobe Illustrator icon to open the program. Click "File," then "Open." Click the PSD file you want to convert to a vector file, and click "Open."

  2. 2

    Click "Flatten Layers to a Single Image," then click "OK."

  3. 3

    Click "Photo High Fidelity" from the "Preset" list and move the "Max Colors" slider to "256." Click "Trace." This creates paths as similar as possible to the PSD file.

  4. 4

    Click "Object," then "Expand." This converts your PSD file to a vector file. Click "File," then "Save As." Select ".ai" or ".eps" as the file extensions. Both are vector file extensions. Name your file and click "Save."

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