How to export vector to PDF in Photoshop

Unfortunately, you cannot save a vector-based PDF in Photoshop. This is because Photoshop is primarily a raster program. You can, however, export the file to Illustrator, preserve the vector data and still use the image for your printing or publishing needs. Below is a step-by-step guide of what you need to do to export a vector to PDF in Photoshop.
  1. Create your vector artwork in Photoshop as normal.
  2. Once you are satisfied with your image, click on the "File" menu option.
  3. Choose "Export" from the contingent menu and navigate to "Paths to Illustrator." Select this option to send the pathways you created in your image to the Adobe program.
  4. A dialog box will appear that will prompt you to enter the name of the file you wish to save. Save the file as a different name than what you named it in Photoshop so as to prevent confusion. The extension for this new file should be *.ai. The extension will export the Photoshop file to Illustrator and save it as a standard vector file. In Illustrator, the vector information will be separate from the raster information. You will be able to edit the vector layer with Illustrator's tools.
  5. Save the original file in Photoshop so you can go back and edit the image as needed.
If you know you're going to want to export a vector as a PDF so you can print it and use it in other materials, you should create or edit the image in Adobe Illustrator to begin with. You can also download ready-made vector images of high quality from our vector library. Better yet, when you download directly from us, you have the option to save an image in the format of your choosing, including a PDF. If you want to save yourself time, headache and the possibility of losing data and flexibility, use our images for your next project.



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