I want import a psd file into Illustrator without losing quality.

I have a 300dpi image at Photoshop with height 60 cm, as you can see below.

enter image description here (You can see a smooth "D")

I create an Illustrator document with height 100cm and "Raster Effects: 300 ppi". enter image description here

But when I "File/Place" the .psd file i get the below result. enter image description here

The photo in Illustrator loss quality. Why this happens?

How can I place psd file into Illustrator with best quality?

Thank you.

  • 3
    The preview is probably not the best place to evaluate the quality - your screen density is probably low and the placed image may be a low quality placeholder. Note though that by placing a 60cm high image in a 100cm high space (whilst keeping the pixel count the same), you are actually reducing the DPI by about 40%. You have kept the Dots the same and increased the inches, so the dots-per-inch becomes smaller.
    – Yorik
    Mar 11, 2015 at 20:25
  • Why even use Photoshop for that? But this may answer your question: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/16030/3270
    – Scott
    Mar 11, 2015 at 20:27
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2 Answers 2


I can't really say why your having a problem with that, but I suppose the best way to maintain quality is to not embed the image at all.

When you do a Place make sure the Link checkbox is checked.

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The image will remain a PSD file, and the representation you see in Illustrator will just be a preview, so no quality can be lost until you export to something else from Illustrator.


Save your photoshop file as photoshop pdf, and in the pdf settings (very important) change the compression setting to none, this should give you the best file to manage in illustrator.

  • I'm not sure why adding an additional file wrapper such as PDF would be seen as "better". Illustrator is perfectly capable of placing native .psd files and there's no more compression than standard .psd files use.
    – Scott
    Apr 12, 2015 at 0:44

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