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Illustrator to Photoshop WITH layers?

Community Beginner ,
Feb 08, 2012 Feb 08, 2012

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So I have cs5.1 of both applications and I can go from PS to ILLU with all layers intact but the second I try and go backwards photoshop wants to merge everything into one layer....This is essentially a no no in my books, how do I take a illustrator file with all its objects, layrs and nested layers and turn it into a photoshop file?

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Participant , Sep 13, 2016 Sep 13, 2016
In Illustrator You have export -> .psd You can export with layers or flatten

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Feb 08, 2012 Feb 08, 2012

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The only way to do that is to export a PSD from Illustrator.

Photoshop doesn't know how to read the Illustrator documents, only rasterize them (without layers, folders, etc.).

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 08, 2012 Feb 08, 2012

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Would Smart objects help you?

Photoshop > File > Open as Smart Object... and if you want to edit that object, double click on the layer thumbnail and it will open in Illustrator with all of your layers intact.

But then, depending on what you want to do, this might not help you.

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Jan 18, 2016 Jan 18, 2016

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I do the same. Prepare my Illustrator with various layers, then from Photoshop I import "as Smart Object", hides the layers that I don't need in Illustrator and then convert the imported layer in Raster so that I can recycle my illustrator.
Also, if you keep your imported illustrator as Smart Object, the size of your .PSD can become really huge

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Sep 13, 2016 Sep 13, 2016

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In Illustrator You have export -> .psd

You can export with layers or flatten

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Feb 14, 2020 Feb 14, 2020

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This wont work correctly if you have 'Use Artboards' ticked on the export.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 14, 2020 Jun 14, 2020

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How do I import a vector illustration into Photoshop?#photoshop#ai#layers#adobeillustrator

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Jul 18, 2020 Jul 18, 2020

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It worked perfectly. Thanks ::) 

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Jul 20, 2020 Jul 20, 2020

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your wellcome

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New Here ,
Feb 10, 2021 Feb 10, 2021

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This saved my week! Thank you

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Jul 04, 2021 Jul 04, 2021

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Very very Thnaks 

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Jul 21, 2021 Jul 21, 2021

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Still having issues? This is the video that got me through my difficulties.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqaSH8t2xRY

In this tutorial I'll be demonstrating how to export a PSD (or Photoshop file) from Adobe Illustrator while preserving layers. And if your Illustrator file d...

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