- Launching Bridge
- The Bridge window
- Opening files from Bridge
- Choosing a workspace for Bridge
- Examining thumbnails
- Customizing the Bridge window
- Moving and copying files
- Filtering the display of thumbnails
- Grouping thumbnails into stacks
- Managing files
- Searching for files
- Exporting the Bridge cache
- Assigning keywords to files
- Opening PDF and Illustrator files
Opening PDF and Illustrator files
When you open Adobe Illustrator or PDF files in Photoshop, they’re rasterized automatically, meaning they’re converted from their native vector format into the Photoshop pixel format. For a PDF, you can open one or more PDF pages or extract raster images from the file. Follow these instructions to open a PDF or Adobe Illustrator (AI) file as a new rasterized document. Follow the instructions on page 57 to place a PDF or Illustrator file as a Smart Object into an existing Photoshop file.
To open a PDF or Adobe Illustrator file as a new document
- In Bridge, locate and click the PDF or AI file you want to open, then choose File > Open With > Adobe Photoshop CS3 or right-click/Ctrl-click the image thumbnail and choose Open With > Adobe Photoshop CS3 from the context menu. The Import PDF dialog box opens.
- For Select, do the following:
- Click Pages to view the whole PDF pages A or click Images to view just the images in the PDF file.B If you clicked Images, click the image (or select multiple images) you want to open, then click OK—you’re done. If you clicked
Pages, follow the remaining steps.
- From the Thumbnail Size menu, choose a size for the thumbnails.
- Click Pages to view the whole PDF pages A or click Images to view just the images in the PDF file.B If you clicked Images, click the image (or select multiple images) you want to open, then click OK—you’re done. If you clicked Pages, follow the remaining steps.
- Under Page Options, do the following:
- Optional: Type a Name for the new document.
- Choose a Crop To option. We suggest choosing Bounding Box (the default) to exclude any white areas outside the artwork.
- Check Anti-aliased to reduce jaggies and soften the edge transitions.
- For Image Size, do the following:
- For a whole PDF page, you can enter the desired maximum Width and Height for the Photoshop document (or documents, for multiple pages) or you can leave those dimensions as is. You can also check Constrain Proportions to preserve the aspect ratio of the original PDF to prevent distortion.★
- Enter the Resolution required for your final output device. Entering the correct final resolution now, before the image is rasterized, yields a better rendering.
- From the Mode menu, choose a document color mode. If the document contains a profile, that profile will also be listed. Adobe RGB is the color space in our color management workflow, so we recommend choosing RGB.
- Choose a Bit Depth.
- We recommend leaving Suppress Warnings unchecked to allow an alert to display if a color profile conflict arises.
- Click OK.
- If you didn’t check PDF Compatible when you saved your file in Illustrator, the thumbnail in the Import PDF dialog box will display only a repeating text message. Reopen the Illustrator file in Illustrator, choose File > Save As, rename or replace the file, then click Save. In the Illustrator Options -dialog box, check Create PDF Compatible File, then click OK. Now go ahead and open the file in Photoshop.
- To create a solid Background for an imported PDF in Photoshop, create a new layer, fill it with white, then choose Layer > New > Background from Layer.
For these instructions, you need to set a preference to allow the Paste dialog box to display when you paste an Adobe Illustrator file. In Illustrator, in Preferences > File Handling & Clipboard, check Copy As: PDF and AICB, and click Preserve Appearance and Overprints.
To paste Illustrator art into Photoshop
- Edit > Copy an object in Illustrator, then, in a Photoshop document, choose Edit > Paste. The Paste dialog box opens.
- Click Paste As: Smart Object (to keep the vector object editable) or Pixels (to rasterize the object). To learn about Smart Object layers, see pages 302–304.
Dealing with the “ifs”
- If you open a file in Photoshop that’s using a missing font (the font isn’t available or installed), an alert dialog box will appear A and an alert triangle will appear in the thumbnail for the offending layer on the Layers palette.B If you then try to edit the layer, yet another alert dialog box will appear.C You have two choices: Click OK to have Photoshop change the font to a generic one; or click Cancel, close the Photoshop document, install the required font, then reopen the document.
- If the Embedded Profile Mismatch alert dialog box appears, it means the file’s color profile doesn’t match the current working space. See page 39.
- If the file you want to open simply won’t open, it may be because the required plug-in module for that format (e.g., Scitex CT or PICT Resource) isn’t in the Photoshop Plug-Ins folder. Install the correct plug-in, then try opening the file again.