I have opened a PNG image in Photoshop. I want to export as SVG and make the image pixelated. How do I do this?

When I zoom in the image in Photoshop, the image is pixelated. I want to have the exact same effect but in an SVG export.

  • Yes you can use Export assets in Photoshop cc – Miles Burroughs Mar 27 '17 at 20:05
  • Photoshop CS4 cannot "Save as" SVG. I ended up using the online converter aconvert. Use Inkscape afterwards to edit the SVG. – Avatar Mar 11 '18 at 10:34

You cannot export SVG with Adobe Photoshop. The only way to achieve what you want is to copy the image to Adobe Illustrator and save it as an SVG file.

I'm not sure why you would do that, though, since the point of SVG is to make Scalable Vector Graphics so you can resize the image without it getting pixelated. By exporting it as SVG you basically wrap the PNG code you already have in XML - you might just as easily use a PNG file instead.

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    Photoshop’s Export As and Generator can both create SVGs. They include shape layers as vector paths, so the results can be 100% vector, depending on the document. – Marc Edwards Mar 28 '17 at 10:33

depending how complex the "image" is you could run a trace in illustration and then export it to svg from there


  1. Open AI
  2. new doc
  3. place image on artboard
  4. on the toolbar you will get an option to "trace" there is also a dropdown next to it for more options on what type of trace
  5. ungroup seleciton if you need to edit

enjoy your vector trace

  • Hey Sergio. Can you edit your answer to include some instructions? – Vicki May 28 '16 at 0:38
  • instructions added. just need to export to svg after you have your trace – Sergio Wizenfeld Jun 6 '16 at 23:39
  • No Problem, were you able to do what you needed? – Sergio Wizenfeld Jun 9 '16 at 23:32
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    > "Open AI" - The question asks how to do it with Photoshop, not Adobe Illustrator. – Avatar Mar 11 '18 at 10:25

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