Getting Transparent Images from Photoshop into Illustrator

Simply, I am trying to bring an image made in Photoshop into Illustrator for the purposes of creating a vector image for a t-shirt design.

The image has only one layer and contains transparencies. I have tried saving it as png, pdf, psd, eps. I have tried several methods to bring it in; simply open it normally, copy/paste, “place”, drag/drop… all with each type of file mentioned.

But nothing worked as expected. Every method yields the same result – the background in illustrator is solid white and all transparency is lost.

Note: Yes, the transparent grid is visible, the image is definitely not transparent after it is brought into Illustrator.

I can get my transparency back by tracing with the ignore white option selected, but unfortunately that’s not an viable solution as there is white in the image itself that needs to be retained.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


Copying to the clipboard in photoshop with Ctrl/Command+A followed by Ctrl/Command+C, switching to illustrator and simply paste it into layer with Ctrl/Command+V seems not always maintain the transparency of the image.

In this case go to File > Save As or File > Save to Web and choose file format which supports transparency like .png or .tiff and place it to your illustrator canvas.

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Transparent layer in Photoshop

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PNG File placed to illustrator canvas

Note: Illustrator’s backdrop isn’t transparent by default. You can enable transparent backdrop by pressing Ctrl/Command+Shift+D. As alternative you can draw a rectangle to the first layer and set it to red. Create a new layer, paste your image into it and check the result.

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