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Hello, My question is simple, is it possible to place an image in Illustrator (7.1) with a transparent background. My problem is that the background of my document is black and so is the one of my picture but they don'r come out the same black. My picture is saved in a TIF format. Can you help me please.

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by:Osiris010898
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The black in your Tiff image will not print out a rich black compared to the SPOT Black of a vector program or a layout program, assuming that it is a cmyk tif, the black that is created, does not have the same saturation as a spot color "black". If it is an rgb tif, when you print, the app might be converting it to cmyk, and the results are the same.

What is your "other picture"? is it another Tif, or was it created in Illustrator? If it was created in Illustrator, it is using the "Spot Black" and therefore will always print out richer.

I don't know of any way to import a tiff with a "transparent background".
One  solution would be to create clipping paths around the image in Photoshop, save it as Eps w/clipping paths on, then import it into Illustrator, or create a path or paths in Illustrator and paste the image inside. But depending on the image this could be very time consuming or it could be simply done.

If they are two separate tif images, you might have to match the black levels in photoshop, get the black areas as dark as you can without compromising the rest of the tones.

What is your final output? Will this be professionally printed on a 4-color press? Is it for the Web? Or just out of your ink-jet?



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by:cmag
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The "other picture" is the background of my document it is using the spot black. And this will go to press 4 color.

Maybe if I mask it this will do the job?
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Option1: Masking the image in Illustrator will work. Trace/create vector paths around the image, separating the cmyk "black background" from the main image.
Option2: Create clipping paths in Photoshop, save as an Eps File with "clipping paths" on, import it into Illustrator or just drag and drop it into Illustrator.
Option 3: In photoshop, extend the background of the Tif, using the"Canvas" selection with the background color the same as the Tif's background color. Of course this creates a bigger file, but at least the "black" background will be consistent.

My suggestion would be to take the time to seperate the black out of the tif, whether in Illustrator or Photoshop, by creating paths surrounding the main image.

When you say "mask it" I'm assuming that you will mask it in Illustrator, that will work, but if you "mask" it in Photoshop you will have to converted the mask/selection to "paths" (surrounding the main image) save the path as "clipping paths" then save the image as an EPS with the clipping path "on"

I hope this is helpful
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by:cmag
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Thanks for the information!

Regards

CMAG
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