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I'm working on some business cards in Photoshop and I come understand it's not the best medium for print since it's not vector based like Illustrator.

I want to avoid the edges of my font from coming out "fuzzy" so of course I'm considering moving the design over to Illustrator but, it's definitely not my strong suite.

Is there anyway I can keep my design as a photoshop file and have it print out "crisp"?


Is there a simple way to move it over in Illustrator and make everything vector based?

Btw: the designs are not graphic intense, more typography and shapes.

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You can open a psd file in illustrator, just like you'd open up any vector file in it. -- That'll invoke an import window where you can choose to convert psd layers to objects or flatten it all to single image. -- Everything that can be a vector object, will be a vector object. Shapes and text layers are going to be vector. Raster images, not so much. –  Joonas Mar 18 '14 at 8:11

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You could always try saving your image as a Photoshop EPS, or PDF. this is usually much crisper than a PSD or JPG if placed into an Illustrator file. Unfortunately, you will probably not be able to further edit the type or image.

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This worked perfect! Don't need to use Illustrator now. I forgot pdf is vector based. –  delboud Mar 18 '14 at 21:20

InDesign would probably be the better choice but Illustrator will do. What I would suggest is placing your Photoshop File in Illustrator and then set the text again, using the design in the background as your guide. After that's done you can hide the text layers in the photoshop file. Same goes for any shapes that you created in photoshop.

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Any reason to use InDesign? I have even less experience with that. –  delboud Mar 18 '14 at 7:06
InDesign is just the first choice for setting up print layouts. You don't have to use it as Illustrator can export PDFs for print just the same. It just gets complicated if you want to go multi-page. Basically, if it's a one time thing, stick with Illustrator. If you want to learn print layout it wouldn't hurt learning InDesign. The basics for Adobe products are the same, so the switch shouldn't be too hard. –  KMSTR Mar 18 '14 at 7:22

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