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Some layers are merged when exporting from Illustrator to PSD files

Community Beginner ,
Dec 22, 2021 Dec 22, 2021

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I have created an illustration with Illustrator. I have put all the elements as individual layers (some are collected in layers).

Upon exporting the file as PSD (write layers, 72ppi, max editability), some of the layers are merged.

Some of the sublayers are absolutely fine and others are merged.

 

Is there any ways I can export all the layers without merging some of them?

 

Image below is how it looks on Illustrator. All elements are organised in layers and sublayers.

Screenshot 2021-12-22 at 16.11.27.pngScreenshot 2021-12-22 at 16.11.38.png

The above image is in Photoshop. You can see that right at the bottom, some layers are merged (floor + microwave etc. -  these were layers and sublayers but bundled together.)

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Dec 22, 2021 Dec 22, 2021

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I do not install  Illustrator.  However in the latest  Illustrator version 2022 there us a new Option Paste As layers into Photoshop. So Shape and Raster layer willl be pasted into Photoshop. Photoshop has limited Vector support. I'm sure some AI layer need to be rendered as Raster Pixel Layer in Photoshop.  Is it Photoshop or AI merging the AI layers.  IMO it would  have to be AI  for Photoshop  does not have the  vector support to render a Raster pixel version of AI layers. I think your need to address this issue in AI.

The Paste As > Layers option is the new addition to the Illustrator-Photoshop interoperability workf... 

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Dec 22, 2021 Dec 22, 2021

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You have somewhat unrealistic expectations.

 

A layer in Illustrator (a vector application) is not the same thing as a layer in Photoshop (a pixel editor).Same name, but different things.

 

Only those parts of the Illustrator layer structure that actually can be translated will open as Photoshop layers. All the vector graphics will open as rasterized pixel data in Photoshop.

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Feb 06, 2023 Feb 06, 2023

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True, but Layers don't have anything to do with vector or pixel nature.

When exporting an .ai to .psd, with Write Layers active, the .psd should have the same number of Layers, with the same names and the same visual content (vectors rasterized to pixels).

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Feb 06, 2023 Feb 06, 2023

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No, you misunderstand. Layers have everything to do with pixel or vector structure. Again - a layer in Illustrator is not the same thing as a layer in Photoshop. Pixels or vector isn't some add-on property. It's the fundamental anatomy of the data, how it's built from the ground up.

 

The new "Paste as Layers" feature from Illustrator to Photoshop is a translation feature. It works within the limits of Photoshop's vector capabilities, which are a very small subset of Illustrator's. Some things still can't be translated.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 10, 2024 Jun 10, 2024

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You don't seem to understand the problem. When exporting to PSD from AI, it will sometimes randomly merge consecutive layers (vector or raster does not matter).  My workaround for this bug is to move the layers apart. So for example in one group, I had layers 1-4. It was merging layers 2 and 3 into one layer and naming it layer 2+3 for a total of 3 layers, not 4.

I went back to AI and I then moved the second layer to the bottom (4th position) and exported it again. This time I had 4 separate layers.

So it is a bug unless someone tells me otherwise.

FYI. I usually create everything in Illustrator intending to get my layers into AE. In complex animations that can have 50 or so layers, the layer groups and subgroups must stay in the same order and have the original layer names. You can import AI files as compositions but it will not allow for subgroups. So I export to PSD and then import PSD into AE.

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Jun 10, 2024 Jun 10, 2024

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Before concurring on whether this is a »bug« can you provide the file for testing? 

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 22, 2021 Dec 22, 2021

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Thank you for the replies.
I updated now and Paste As worked like a treat!

 

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 06, 2023 Feb 06, 2023

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Same here. All of a sudden. One day, I got all layers, next day some layers are merged on export.

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May 28, 2024 May 28, 2024

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I have been experiencing this too but it is kind of random, sometimes the file would export perfectly and others it merges elements into a specifi layer. Unfortunately, I couldn't fix it but i found away around it. You can just copy the elements after seperating them in their layers inside illustrator and then (cntrl + shift + v) them in photoshop, a small window will pop up with pase options, pic layers and it'll paste almost perfectly. Same window can be reached through edite > pase special > paste in place. 

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