How to convert .eps to editable .ai file

Discussion in 'Graphic Design' started by FrontPage97, May 9, 2013.

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  1. FrontPage97

    FrontPage97 New Member

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    I need to draw cut out lines around a complex illustration so that I can mask out the backgroudn. The problem is that I only have it in .eps. The illustration is well defined on a white background. Is there a way to either automatically create a mask or convert this illustration?
     
  2. d a v e

    d a v e New Member

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    open it in illustrator and then slect and delete the baclground? is that what you're asking?
     
  3. FrontPage97

    FrontPage97 New Member

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    No. It's all one layer. I would like to be able to work with all of the vector shapes. Not sure if that's possible. At the very least I'd like to be able to easily create a vector mask around it so that I can effectively delete the background.
     
  4. FrontPage97

    FrontPage97 New Member

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    Nevermind. I figured it out. Only the direct selection tool works with this .eps file. The selection tool does not work.
     
  5. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    use a colour select tool,
    select the background,
    invert the selection,
    copy and paste.
     

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