Placed layer comps don't keep overrides when amending originating PSD

Explorer ,
Jul 15, 2019 Jul 15, 2019

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Illustrator seems to have issues with maintaining layer comp visibility in placed objects (multiple versions placed within same file) when the original file is amended. i.e. PSD files with layer comps placed into Illustrator, each referencing a different layer comp. PSD file amended and all instances in Illustrator default to current photoshop state. From there they need reimporting (relinking) and the layer comp to be reselected.

Here's the process:

- Photoshop file with layer comps used to define a number of possible different states of the file.

- Placed instance 1 with Layer Comp A in Illustrator with "Keep overrides" checked.

- Placed instance 2 with Layer Comp B in Illustrator with "Keep overrides" checked.

All good so far.

- Return to Photoshop file and amend something.

- The result is that both instances in Illustrator default to the current state of the Photoshop document.

There is then no way of viewing the layer comp list from the placed PSD to subsequently change it to the desired layer comp.

The only way is to relink the placed object and select the correct layer comp for all instances.

Thanks for any help.

Andy

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 15, 2019 Jul 15, 2019

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Sorry your issue did not  happen to me oN Mac OS High Sierra, CC2019.

I placed layer comps of the same image

Screen Shot 2019-07-15 at 9.34.12 AM.png

Added a big red dot in Photoshop and saved.

Screen Shot 2019-07-15 at 9.35.36 AM.pngI

llustraror updated, but images did not change, as that red dot did not belong to any layer comp.

Can you please clcik the icons in left column to test status of your layer comps is as you believe they are

Screen Shot 2019-07-15 at 9.38.35 AM.png

This is the setting I used, which sounds  as you are using the same, btu jsut posting to confirm.

Screen Shot 2019-07-15 at 9.44.05 AM.png

Does your .psd filename have any charachters like slashes or colons in the filename, adn confirm you are using the .psd format and not another layered format?

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Jul 15, 2019 Jul 15, 2019

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I think what is happening is that on Place, you're embedding the artwork. If you place and leave it linked, you don't get the Photoshop Import Options dialog where you select the Layer Comp. If the artwork is linked (as opposed to embedded), Illustrator detects the change and presents an alert that says, "Some files are missing or modified in the Links panel. Would you like to update them now?" Click yes to update.

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Enthusiast ,
Mar 04, 2021 Mar 04, 2021

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Did you try what the OP asked? Because i still see this issue in v25. On OSX 2017 version still works flawless. Windows illustrator feels so buggy compared to OSX version. 

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May 09, 2020 May 09, 2020

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I am having the same issue. My layer comps in this case are different colored coffee cups (each a layer comp) placed in illustrator, as the cup colors and accompaniments change for different flavors. If I update the flavor image on one, say take out the leaves on my hazelnuts, and save, when I go back to Illustrator it updates all instances to the last visible state from the photoshop file, irregardless of the overrides. And the only way to "fix" it is to relink each instance to its appropriate layer comp again.

 

My PDS file is saved in PSD format. It is linked and not embedded. I must be missing something...  Please advise thanks.

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Enthusiast ,
Mar 04, 2021 Mar 04, 2021

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Is see this also happening on Windows using v25. At work on old 2017 version it works flawless. Thought it was related to saving as legacy, but test it and still reverts to the last comp in the file. Its quite anoying to relink it each time. Overtime i wont recall that i need to do this and thus errors happen. Result unhappy customers!!

 

I tried narrowing the issue down. In this screengrab the images are simply placed using both options. Now it seems to work as expected. I think the issue is because i duplicated the original masked version and then used relink feature from the panel. Perhaps this has an issue?

Hmm i also tried making a mask and duplicating it. Now it does work as it should. Not sure why those other keep failing.

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Enthusiast ,
Mar 04, 2021 Mar 04, 2021

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Hmmm not sure, so i replaced those 2 faulty versions and now it seems to work fine. I cant seem to replicate it again.

 

Ill keep this post in mind if notice it again and do more research on it

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