Open a File with Illustrator

To open a file with Illustrator and Photoshop is easy as can be. The tricky part is deciding what program to use with which file type. Between the two you can open 100's of file extensions, but the most common for Illustrator is .AI, .PDF, .EPS, and .SVG. Illustrator is mainly a vector based program.

illustrator Once Illustrator is open, click File < Open, and navigate to your file and hit Open.

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File < Open - Navigate to File < Open

Once your file is open, hit Alt + 0 on PC or ⌘ + 0 on Mac to bring the artwork to front and center.

Open a File with Photoshop

Photoshop is mainly a raster based program. Photoshop is used to open files such as .PSD, .jpg, .gif, .bmp, .png. These are raster based files which can be used typically if the file is of high enough quality.

photoshop Once Photoshop is open, click File < Open, and navigate to your file and hit Open.

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File < Open - Navigate to File < Open

Once your file is open, hit Alt + 0 on PC or ⌘ + 0 on Mac to bring the artwork to front and center.

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