the all-seeingeye Difficult File Translations

There are times when it seems that getting something from one piece of software to another is simply impossible. The file formats the one creates are incompatible with the other-even cut and paste doesn't always work. This is often true even if the first claims to be creating a compatible file. There are slightly different flavors of even the most common file formats, and sometimes it matters.

The good news is that there is at least one generally reliable procedure. The trick is to get the file turned into something that either Illustrator or Photoshop can read. The exact method will depend on the specific software involved. These can be summed up as:

  1. Save or export as PDF. Open with Illustrator or Photoshop, and save in a file format the second software can open or import.

  2. Print to a file rather than the printer. This will save a Postscript or Postscript-like file. The second software may be able to import the Postscript. If not, open with Illustrator or Photoshop, and save in a file format the second software can open or import.

  3. Print to a file rather than the printer. This will save a Postscript or Postscript-like file. Convert the file to PDF with Acrobat. Open the PDF with Illustrator or Photoshop, and save in a file format the second software can open or import.

  4. A last-ditch option is a screen shot, opened and edited with Photoshop, then saved in a semi-universal format like tiff or jpg.