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February '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • February 2019 • 47 Converting Files Sometimes it becomes necessary to change the file format of a particular image so that it can be manipulated in different software or published both digitally and to print. If you start with an image saved in the native format of a particular application, it's a matter of simply opening it and saving a copy in the desired format. In Photoshop, for example, choose File > Save As and spec- ify the target format from the dialog box where there are several to choose from (see Figure 8). The Save As dialog box will automatically add the three digit file extension. The same is true with any format that the software supports. If the software does not support the format, the document will be grayed out in the direc- tory and you will be unable to open it. If you don't have software that con- verts images to the format you need, you can always acquire image conver- sion software, such as Pixillion, by NCH Software, a conversion utility readily available for download on the web that is reasonably priced. Vector to Raster There's not much to be said about converting a vector-based image to pixels (raster). Simply save the image as an EPS (Encapsulated Postscript) file and open it in image editing software. Simpler still, Photoshop will directly open AI files, but the vector data will be lost when the file's format is automatically converted to PDF. Photoshop has a complete set of vec- tor generating tools. If a vector object is generated in Photoshop, such as a shape layer or path, the vector data minus its content, can be exported to Illustrator and opened as an illustrator document. The exported object(s) will not con- tain stroke or fill information, but the path will be available for editing with Illustrator's path editing tools. Fills and strokes and any other Illustrator opera- tion can be applied. To perform this task in Photoshop, choose File > Export > Paths to Illustrator, then open the file in Illustrator. VISIT standoffsystems.com/signdg CALL 775.829.7272 WireLite Standoffs

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