Hi is it possible to copy something in photoshop and paste it into illustrator and maintain the transparency instead of having a white background?

  • Drag and drop usually works better but copy/paste should work. Copy/paste is somewhat dependent upon you OS because the clipboard is used.
    – Scott
    Feb 13, 2015 at 7:10

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Use the Library panel (Available in CC). The library panel deals with transferring artwork between Adobe programs much better than copy/paste drag/drop.

In Photoshop drag your artwork to the Library panel. (Window -> Libraries)

In Illustrator drag the artwork from your libraries panel to your artboard. (Window -> Libraries)

  • It worked!! Thanks so much. Did not know about libraries panel. Nov 2, 2021 at 4:26

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