Photoshop Images in Illustrator CS2

Photoshop Images in Illustrator CS2
Previously, we began working on a web banner and you learned how to draw the banner rectangle and fill the rectangle with a gradient of your choice of colors. Now we are ready to add some graphics to the banner background. When creating web graphics, you will frequently encounter a situation where you need to add to your current project a graphic previously created in another graphics program such as PhotoshopR. As in the example, this might be the company logo or other images that represent the company or its products. You have two options. You can add (embed) the image directly into the project or you can link to the image as an external file. In the second option, the image will not really be added to your project image. Only the link information is added to the project image file. In this tutorial, we will use the first option and embed two images into our web banner.

  1. Open your web banner image into Illustrator CS2. Go to the Layers Palette and click on the "Layer 1" text. When the Layer Options dialog box opens, rename this layer "Background".

  2. Place the first image. To add or place an image into your project, you will need to set some values in the Place and Photoshop Import Options dialog boxes. From the Menu Bar, click File > Place to open the Place dialog box. Navigate to the image you wish to include and click once on the file. At the bottom of the dialog box, you will see some checkboxes. The Link and Template checkboxes should be unchecked. Now click the Place button which will open the next dialog box.

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