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I edited a b/w image in photoshop with the effects gallery and saved it. I opened up illustrator and placed it behind some text I created. Now I'm trying to add a fill and stroke around it to match the text stroke, but I'm unable do it in the appearance panel.

What am I missing?

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It's a bit of a pain to do this. You could always create empty rectangles the same size as your images and then apply the styles/strokes to those, but I'll guide you through adding strokes to the images below

  • Select the image you wish to add a stroke to and open the Appearance Panel

  • Click Add New Stroke, located at the bottom left of the panel (it looks like a hollow square)

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You can edit the stroke properties, but nothing will appear. To get the stroke to show, you need to create a shape.

  • Select the stroke effect in the Appearance Panel and then go to FX > Convert to Shape > Rectangle

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You can add an offset, if you want some white space. Otherwise, make sure Extra Width and Extra Height are both 0

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Edit your stroke by clicking on it in the Appearance Panel

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  • I tried it, but instead of putting the stroke around the image, it put the stroke around the selection box. One thing I did notice is that it says unembed at the top. Not sure how to fix that either. – louis s Jul 28 '17 at 17:54
  • @louiss so you don't have a rectangular image? If your image is oddly shaped (a cutout image with transparent background, for example), you're probably better off just doing the stroke work in PS; it's much easier there. – Manly Jul 28 '17 at 18:20
  • Thanks for the help and awesome example images.. When I got back home. I scrapped it and tried again from scratch. I Just opened the file in Illustrator and then: Object>Image Trace>Make. Chose 3 color. and then Object>Image Trace>Expand. It Worked. – louis s Jul 29 '17 at 5:06
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You need to make sure that the image/psd is embedded before you can perform actions on it.

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    Not true. Even an embedded image will still require extra steps to add a stroke – Manly Jul 28 '17 at 15:49

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