Drag and Drop Graphics from Other Programs into Photoshop

Programs created by Adobe are usually quite compatible with each other. For example, suppose you created type on a curve in Adobe Illustrator and wanted to use it in your Photoshop imaging. (Photoshop, as of yet, does not allow you to create type on a curve without a plug-in—see "Creating Text Along a Path" in Chapter 9.) The easiest way to get this—or any vector path drawn in Illustrator— into your Photoshop file is to drag and drop it.

TRY IT To drag and drop content from another program, such as Illustrator, into Photoshop, first select or highlight the content in the other program. Minimize or shrink that program's document window so you can see both it and your Photoshop file at the same time. (Minimize or shrink the Photoshop window too if needed.)

Once you can see both files at the same time (or at least portions of both), return to the original program and click and drag the selected content from that window into your Photoshop document.

In the case of Illustrator content, you'll notice a brief alert window saying the content is being converted to EPS before it's placed in Photoshop.

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