in order to be able to export in jpg some files made in illustrator i'm using Photoshop to finish this process.

The fact is that I've noticed that Photoshop open the file cropped and distorted.

The original file has 16.383px X 10.000px.

As you can see in the image the brutal crop and distortion I've tried to open and open as smart object in Photoshop but the result is the same.

What can I do?

difference between the original Illustrator file and the photoshop imported file

image inside the artboard

artboard settings

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    Is all the AI artwork actually on the AI artboard? Have you altered what the PDF Open dialog uses as the defining area?
    – Scott
    Mar 13, 2019 at 18:17
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    Yes the file is in the artwork. The 16.383 is also the max allowed by my Illustrator. Regarding the PDF oped dialog I've altered the size but the result is always the same.
    – A V
    Mar 13, 2019 at 20:55
  • What Scott is asking is if all the artwork in your .ai file is inside the bounds of the artboard - if not, that might explain the trimming. Mar 13, 2019 at 21:06
  • I just posted a new image in the post so you can see the artboard! I don't understand. And it's not just trimming, it's distorting too.
    – A V
    Mar 13, 2019 at 21:35
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    I gotta admit though.. if that is the artwork, why it need to remain vector is a mystery to me. There may be a valid reason, but I can't think of one for any of my workflows. I'd export as raster..tiff/jpg and open that with Photoshop.
    – Scott
    Mar 13, 2019 at 21:51

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You must uncheck: Preferences > General > Resize image During Place.

When it's enabled, your image or vector will fit the canvas if it's larger than the canvas.

When it's disabled, your image or vector will be placed on with the right dimensions.

See the image below.

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For myself, I would not "Open" the illustrator file in Photoshop, I would "Place>Linked", which brings in the .ai as a Smart Object, and allows you to jump to and fro between Photoshop and Illustrator as needed in your creative process.

That said, I'm curious why you need to pull your .ai into Photoshop simply to export .jpg when Illustrator exports out .jpg rather nicely?

  • I've did it but the result is the same. Regarding why using Photoshop to export is because Illustrator says that the file is too big to be exported and ask me to reduce the size.
    – A V
    Mar 13, 2019 at 20:56
  • I am betting that some of your artwork is outside the bounds of your artboard, hence the trimming. Mar 13, 2019 at 21:08
  • I just inserted a new image in the post so you can see that the file is inside the artboard. I'm trying everything but nothing is working.
    – A V
    Mar 13, 2019 at 21:34

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