I'm working on a graphic resume in Photoshop. This project was started by someone else and they used some social icons from flaticon.com. I need to replace the Facebook icon with a Github icon.

Here is an image of the icons after I swap the Facebook one for Github:


At this point I want to convert my PSD into a PDF. After I do that my icons end up looking like this:


The Github icon is degraded compared to the Facebook and Twitter icon. Why did this happen?

The Github icon I used was a PNG. I've tried it with everything else except SVG because I can't get that file type to work in Photoshop.

Let me know if anyone has an answer to this, it's very frustrating!

1 Answer 1


After taking a look at Flaticon.com, I would suggest, rather than the PNG, downloading the GitHub icon in the EPS format. This way you'll be working with a vector shape in Photoshop and you'll also have the option of bringing the icon in as a Shape Layer. This will be the key to getting a nice crisp image on the PDF side of things. Steps are as follows:

  1. After downloading the EPS from flaticon.com, open it in Illustrator.

  2. Copy the icon and Paste it into the Photoshop file.

  3. In the menu prompt, select Shape Layer (this will also allow you to preserve the vector and edit directly in Photoshop):

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  1. Save out your PDF.

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^ Still crisp at 200%

  • I actually ended up hiring someone on Upwork to help me with this and this is exactly what they had me do... So thank you! 100% correct, great answer.
    – jdev99
    Dec 19, 2016 at 20:40

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