Did you know you can move artwork between Photoshop and Illustrator? How cool is that? Suppose you want to create a logo in Illustrator and place it on images of shirts, stationary, and other items in your Photoshop files. You can do that. Or, if you want to use a Photoshop image in your Illustrator design, you can do that, too. We made big improvements recently to the copy/paste workflow from Illustrator to Photoshop and released them in version 23.0. Continue reading below to see the different methods you can use to bring work from one app to the other. If you want more detailed information so you can try it yourself, follow the links to the detailed help articles included at the end of each section and watch the video by Paul Trani.
Use Photoshop artwork in Illustrator
Methods of bringing Photoshop designs into Illustrator
❶ Open Photoshop files in Illustrator
You can actually open PSD files in Illustrator. This method preserves layers, text, and paths from Photoshop. Illustrator supports most Photoshop data, including layer comps, layers, editable text, and paths.
❷ Place Photoshop files into Illustrator
You can also place Photoshop files into Illustrator. They can be linked, or embedded directly into the Illustrator file.
Place a linked Photoshop image into an Illustrator file
Placing a linked file into Illustrator rather than embedding it saves space. It's also handy when you have artwork that is used in multiple files, and you only want to edit the original artwork once to see the changes everywhere the file is linked. When files are linked, artwork changes made to the source artwork in Photoshop are reflected in all of the Illustrator files it is linked to.
Embed a Photoshop image into an existing Illustrator file
When you embed Photoshop artwork into an Illustrator file, it copies the full resolution artwork into the Illustrator file, resulting in a larger document. You can use this option if you do not want your artwork updated every time the original Photoshop file is edited.
These methods preserve layers, text, and paths when bringing the artwork into Illustrator. Illustrator supports most Photoshop data, including layer comps, layers, editable text, and paths.
❸ Copy pixel selections to Illustrator
Another option is to copy a selection of pixels you want to incorporate into your Illustrator design, and paste them into the Illustrator document.
❹ Export paths to Illustrator
You also have the option to select any path or path segment in Photoshop that appears in the Paths panel, including shape vector masks, work paths, and saved paths and move it to Illustrator. The Paths To Illustrator command lets you do this easily.
Methods of bringing Illustrator designs into Photoshop
❶ Export Illustrator files as PSD files
You can export Illustrator files in the PSD format and then open them in Photoshop. this will preserve layers, resolution, and color profiles.
❷ Place Illustrator files into Photoshop
You can also place Illustrator files into Photoshop. They can be linked or embedded directly into the Photoshop file.
Place a linked Illustrator image into a Photoshop file
Placing a linked file into Photoshop rather than embedding it saves space. It's also handy when you have artwork that is used in multiple files, and you only want to edit the original artwork once to see the changes everywhere the file is linked. Imagine a logo that is used on product images in 25 different Photoshop files. If you have the logo file linked and you want to change the logo color, you simply edit the Illustrator logo file. You won't have to update all the files that use the logo because you linked the original file instead of embedding it. When files are linked, artwork changes made to the source artwork in Illustrator are reflected in all of the Photoshop files it is linked to.
Embed an Illustrator image into a Photoshop file
If you embed Illustrator artwork into a Photoshop file, the full resolution artwork is copied into the Photoshop file, which results in a larger document. You should use this option if you do not want your artwork updated every time the original Illustrator file is edited.
❸ Copy and paste artwork as smart objects info Photoshop
You can copy and paste artwork from Illustrator to Photoshop with Smart Objects. This preserves the source content with its original characteristics and allows you to edit the artwork nondestructively.