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.AI & .EPS Files in Photoshop

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Sep 23, 2020

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WITHOUT INSTALLING ILLUSTRATOR - Is it possible to open .AI and .EPS files in Photoshop and gain access to the individual layers? I apologize if this seems ignornat, but I truly do not know and would really like to avoid having to purchase more software just so I can save .AI and .EPS files in the correect format.

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Hi Allin,

 

The short answer is no.

 

Both .ai and archaic .eps files are vector. You can place them as a S.O. in PS, but won't be able to access the layers without a vector application. In addition, if you have Illustrator, you can also export to PS layers so PS blending modes and effects can be applied. You might try the 7-day free trial or purchase the plan that is monthly and not annual if you only need it for short term.

 

~ Jane

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.AI & .EPS Files in Photoshop

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WITHOUT INSTALLING ILLUSTRATOR - Is it possible to open .AI and .EPS files in Photoshop and gain access to the individual layers? I apologize if this seems ignornat, but I truly do not know and would really like to avoid having to purchase more software just so I can save .AI and .EPS files in the correect format.

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Correct answer by jane-e | Adobe Community Professional

Hi Allin,

 

The short answer is no.

 

Both .ai and archaic .eps files are vector. You can place them as a S.O. in PS, but won't be able to access the layers without a vector application. In addition, if you have Illustrator, you can also export to PS layers so PS blending modes and effects can be applied. You might try the 7-day free trial or purchase the plan that is monthly and not annual if you only need it for short term.

 

~ Jane

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Hi Allin,

 

The short answer is no.

 

Both .ai and archaic .eps files are vector. You can place them as a S.O. in PS, but won't be able to access the layers without a vector application. In addition, if you have Illustrator, you can also export to PS layers so PS blending modes and effects can be applied. You might try the 7-day free trial or purchase the plan that is monthly and not annual if you only need it for short term.

 

~ Jane

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Thank you. That's what I was afraid of. I sometimes purchase "stock" and invariably wind up with some amount of AI, EPS, or both. A very time consuming and counter productive pain. Who knows, maybe the good folks at Adobe will implement that capability in Photoshop one day. 

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You're welcome, Alin,

 

I use both programs and bring things back and forth between them all the time, depending on which one does it better.

 

The folks at InDesign Secrets called that new application "InDillushop/XD" in their April Fools post a year ago:

https://indesignsecrets.com/adobe-launches-all-in-one-creative-app-indillushop-xd-replacing-photosho...

 

Yes, who knows! 😊

 

~ Jane

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InDillushop XD huh? That's funny! (I had to re-read the sentence to get the "April Fool's part) 😕 In a way this oddity reminds me of MS Office shortcuts and functions. Most of them are consistent through every program but there are always those one or two "variations" that make most of us talk to our monitors.
I messed around with Illustrator years ago but since I am on a personal budget, I have to be frugal. So "I taught myself Photoshop", use a computer that BARELY handles print files in CC, and seldom stray.

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