I do not have Illustrator, but need to send a file to someone as a vector. Can I save my Photoshop image as a vector?

  • Welcome on GD.SE, RobinS. See this question. And also read here: it could depend on your version and on the kind of layers to be exported. Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 18:34
  • Short answer - No. But possibly some some simple SVGs if you are using CC. There is a previous question about it here
    – Cai
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 18:41
  • The short answer is you can't use Photoshop. Photoshop does not now, and never has created real vector files. It merely creates raster files with embedded vector data. There is a difference.
    – Scott
    Commented Feb 25, 2016 at 22:43

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If you used vector elements in Photoshop (like shapes, smart objects, fonts etc.), you can save as eps. Then, send the eps to that someone. He/she can open the eps in Illustrator and enjoy the vectors.

  • Photoshop EPS files are not vector EPS files. They are raster EPS files with possibly some embedded vector data. See here: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/7726/…
    – Scott
    Commented Feb 25, 2016 at 22:44
  • Good mention. Yes, I was talking about pure vector elements in ps. If you use raster (in ps or in ai) then it is obvious that you will not have e pure vector eps file. Commented Feb 27, 2016 at 14:01

You may also use Pixel2Vector - free plugin for Photoshop

What it does?
It converts directly a raster image/shape into vector format. In Photoshop.

Where goes the new vector?
Above the original layer.

How good it is?
Not as good as image tracing in Illustrator; depends heavily on the image (the bigger in size, the more accurate the tracing).

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    Did you try this? It just seems to convert a selection to a work path, which Photoshop can do all on its own. And you won't get a vector file.
    – Scott
    Commented Feb 25, 2016 at 22:42
  • We use it constantly. Just to make clear: it converts the image into vector path, it doesn't save it as such.
    – Afterteam
    Commented Feb 26, 2016 at 9:44

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