looking for help in creating a vector drawing in illustrator

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by jkielmeyer, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. jkielmeyer macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2007
    hello...i created a logo in indesign, but i need to recreate it in illustrator to be able to save it as an EPS. i've had a little success with it, but i can't seem to keep the "transparent" areas of the logo transparent! any info or leads to any illustrator tutorials would be extremely appreciated.

    thank you!
  2. ac6789 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2007
    You can export to an EPS file from Indesign

    File--> export

    Then choose the EPS file format
  3. sowillo14 macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2007
    2nd that^^^ Also make sure you use RGB color in Ai. Seems to work best with transparencies and masks.
  4. jkielmeyer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2007
    thank you...but when i've done that, it is still blurry when i try to resize it...and i assume the only way around that is to do it in illustrator and then save as an EPS...
  5. ac6789 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2007
    Quick question: do you have an image (JPG, gif, tiff, etc) as part of the logo?

    If you do, then there's not much you can do to preserve quality when scaling (especially enlarging), regardless of what program you've created the logo in. Putting the image in illustrator, re-saving as a EPS, then enlarging it will not produce a better quality logo since it's still a bitmap based file with limited information.
  6. bluetooth macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2007
    You can convert it to a jpg - open it in AI and then perform a 'Live Trace' and then 'Expand'.

    This will give you an outlined vector which is what you are looking for. A vector format will allow you to resize without sacrificing resolution and once outlined you can save as a .eps and bring it into any app with a transparent background.

    Follow this video link:


    The video explains scanned images, but you can also use straight bitmaps, jpg's etc.

    If you are still unsure, post the eps here zipped and I or others will try to help.
  7. jkielmeyer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2007
    THANK YOU! the video was very helpful -- it was much easier than i thought b/c of the live trace. (i'm still working on it, but i wanted to let you know that this worked). thank you very much...
  8. RickDeckard macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2007
    If you are talking about the transparency effects in InDesign and Illustrator, the .eps format doesn't support transparencies. You don't need to get the file into Illustrator to save it as a .eps. ac6789 was right, just export it as a .eps.

    It will flatten or rasterize any transparencies you may have, though.

    If you have any of those special effects in your file, and you need to get it into Illustrator, the best way I've found is to save it as a later version .pdf. The newer versions of .pdf support transparencies and don't flatten them. Then just open the .pdf in Illustrator and go from there.

    Is there any reason that you didn't create your logo in Illustrator? Illy has more tools for art creation and manipulation than InDesign does. InDesign isn't really made for that kind of work, it's more a page layout program, like Quark.

    If you have a raster image included as part of the logo (the only reason I can think of using live trace), you can bring that type of art into Illustrator as well, and bypass InDesign altogether. Just open a new file in Illustrator, and go to Edit, Place Image, and navigate to where your image is located.

    I just wish Adobe would put into Illustrator the ability to open InDesign files, natively. I think it's stupid to have to jump through hoops to get art from ID to Illustrator, I hate that.
  9. nfocus design macrumors regular

    nfocus design

    Aug 3, 2004
    I admit I haven't used live trace that much, but I never got it to do a good job tracing anything. Kind of like using the magic wand in Photoshop.

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