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How to Copy / Export Paths From Illustrator to Logoist Tutorial

logoist and copying paths from Illustrator

Learn how to take a great design from Illustrator into Logoist. How to copy vector paths from Illustrator and place them into Logoist and add amazing effects to the paths in Logoist. Create a path in Illustrator and then drag the design to the desktop where the path will have a file created called picture clipping. The picture clipping path from Illustrator is a PDF document and you can rename it to a PDF file. You can then open the mac application Logoist and drag the Illustrator path document into Logoist. You can also use the add image command in Logoist. It is still a vector for use in Logoist and then you can add effects such as halftones and metallic effects and more. You can copy symbols and other resources from Illustrator in the same way into Logoist. In this tutorial you can see the steps to copy vector paths from Illustrator to Logoist via PDF files and then how to import them into the application. Logoist is a useful little application for the mac with a large number of presets to create some interesting designs. The results can also be re-imported back into Illustrator by saving the work in Logoist to PNG etc

Illustrator stage

OK, you don't have to copy the vector to the desktop but it is probably the easiest location. You could also drag the path from Illustrator artboard to the any folder. It creates a file called 'picture clipping'. You can then open that in another app

  1. Create a vector path or open an AI document with a vector path (s) as well as symbols etc

  2. select the artwork

  3. drag from the artboard to the desktop or to a folder

  4. Note: the picture clipping file can be renamed to a PDF file, it is a PDF format file (why it doesn't make that clear is baffling)

Logoist and accessing the Illustrator vector path

logoist and add image
  1. Startup Logoist app (create a new document or an existing one)

  2. goto the desktop or wherever you placed the path file and then drag that document into Logoist and it will then appear in the currently opened document where you can then add presets or other effects to the item.


It is still a vector and can be re-sized in any number of ways. Or, use the


  1. Logoist's object menu

  2. Add image


Logoist is an interesting app that can be used to create some very interesting logo artwork as well as great backdrops. It includes a vast range of different effects such as halftones, blurs, fills with patterns, borders, color borders, shadows, gradients, transformations, perspective, glows, extruded, color commands, inverted and so on (wish Photoshop had all of those for their layer effects menu).


  1. select the added artwork work from Illustrator

  2. go to the effects or use the style presets


Logoist does come with a large number of symbols / paths. There is now a new version of Logoist available and that now comes with additional SVG features and many other new features. You can find out more about Logoist via apple store or via Synium Software

Vector shapes in Illustrator

You can also do the same with symbols and not just standard paths. The symbols, however, lose all their structure when you add effects in Logoist - you will just end up with a metal or border effect but none of the separate paths

Other tutorials

1. Export polar grids from Illustrator to Photoshop and use tutorial

Sources and references

1. Logoist