Typing in Illustrator on an image imported from photoshop

Posted on 2011-10-31
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
When I try to use Illustrator to type on an image that I have imported from photoshop the type is invisible unless it is over the image that I have imported. How can I type in the background?
Question by:pcomb
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    The image from Photoshop is a raster based image.
    Illustrator draws vector based graphics. This is why you can expand an illistraor image to the size of a billboard and not loose any image quality.
    If you import a picture file you will be unable to put text in the background, only overlay.

    Depending on the grapic you may be able to trace/re-create in Illistraor and this way everythig will be vector base.

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    by:Kim Walker
    Please explain what you mean by typing in the background. The image you imported from Photoshop would certainly cover up the type if it is arranged in front of the type. The type would be invisible because it is covered up. What color is the type? Can you describe the image and how you want the type to appear with the image? Do you have white areas in your image that you want the type to show through? White areas in an image are like white paint, they are opaque. You can make them transparent in Photoshop, though. Duplicate the "background" layer, then hide it. You can then select the white areas and delete them to make holes in the image. Be sure to preserve layers when you resave the image.
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    by:Sigurdur Armannsson
    Illustrator also has Blending Modes like Photoshop. It's in the Transparency panel.

    Depending on the color of the photo and color of the type you can blend the colors in.

    For White type try Multiply, Screen and Hard Light for starters and fiddle with the opacity too.
    For dark colors try Overlay and Hard Light.

    What you gain by doing the type part inside Illustrator is that the type is "live" all the time, not turned to dead pixels.

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