How to Import and Export in Photoshop - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

In Adobe Photoshop, importing content is less frequently done because you usually start out editing an image you open in Photoshop. Still, in some cases you will want to import content into the Photoshop program.

Import content to Photoshop

In Photoshop, you can choose to open an image to work with or import content into a document that’s open already. Choose File→Place to import AI, EPS, PDP, or PDF files. These files import into a new layer in the document, and you can then use tools to manipulate the imported content, as shown in the figure.


Your placed Illustrator file is embedded, as a default, into the Photoshop file. Double-click the placed artwork layer to open and edit the embedded Illustrator file. After the file has been saved, the changes are immediately reflected in Photoshop. Note that your original file isn’t changed.

If you want to import images from your digital camera directly into Adobe Bridge, choose File→Get Photos from Camera.

Export content from Photoshop

Because Photoshop can export paths in a document to Illustrator (in an AI file), your work in Photoshop is easy to manipulate after you open it with Illustrator.

You have another option, though: Export your Photoshop file by using the Zoomify feature. This useful feature can export a large file to a smaller, more compact SWF file. This file can be easily sent by e-mail and opened using the free Flash Player, which almost everyone already has installed.

To use Zoomify, follow these steps:

  1. Choose File→Export→Zoomify.

  2. Click Folder in the Output Location section of the Zoomify dialog box and choose a folder location for your SWF file.

  3. Choose the quality and size and then click OK.

    The Zoomify Preview window appears. Use this window to zoom in to see detail.

    You can then retrieve the files that were created in your destination folder and post them online or attach them to an e-mail message.