IL + PS = Awesome


While Photoshop and Illustrator are both powerful and essential tools to designers, its essential to understand how to use them together.

This quest will advise you on the correct method for designing with both Photoshop and Illustrator together. When done correctly you can avoid major headaches while creating great artwork.


Make sure you have both Illustrator and Photoshop open

Download these three files | 1 |  2 | 3 | - if you want to use the exact same samples though not required. You may also simply follow along with your own generic shapes or images instead

Vector vs Pixel Review

Illustrator to Photoshop as a Smart Layer

Smart Object Layers

Rasterize Layers

Layer Styles

Sample Exercise

Understanding how to utilize IL and PS together is more important than you realize. In addition to combining illustrated graphics with pixel images in PS it is also often much easier to work with typography in Illustrator than in Photoshop though that is arguable and not a rule. Knowing when to use Illustrator vs Photoshop and vice versa is a challenge that you learn as you use them more.

Ask questions to clarify when and why if you get confused. Issues and unnecessary difficulty are often an effect of incorrect usage of files between PS and IL.

COMPLETE: Once you have watched these videos and understand the techniques you may complete this quest.

We're glad you understand but you know the drill. To earn mastery show that you understand with imagery sample and notes on how to work between Photoshop and Illustrator. Images are important is showing you understand.

MASTERY: When you have documented you understanding in a new skills post.

Great Work! Your Photoshop Skills Pack is really coming along. I think you might be ready to take on a PS Epic Quest Soon.

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