I saw a few forum posts out there today where people were asking if they could somehow import vector graphics from Adobe Illustrator into Photoshop. In one such question, a user asked if they could import the graphic and then manipulate it inside of Photoshop, as if it were still in Illustrator. Meaning, moving anchor points and such. Responses to that were mixed. Folks claimed that you couldn’t duplicate the actions you’d normally take in Illustrator, in Photoshop, but that you could indeed import a vector file into Photoshop. You can place it using the File > Place command from Photoshop or you could export the file from Illustrator and then import it into Photoshop.
Really, the best way to do something like this is to create your graphic inside of Illustrator and then save it out like any other file. Then, copy and paste the layers into an existing Photoshop file. When you do this, you’ll be prompted to convert the layers into what’s called a Smart Object. The Smart Object will protect the layers and treat them as one. Then, if you ever want to go back and edit any of the original graphic layers in Illustrator, all you’d need to do is double-click the Smart Object in Photoshop and your file in Illustrator would open. Change whatever you need to change over there and then save it out again. Your file in Photoshop will be updated as well. It’s like super magic.
Do you have any experience with importing or copy/pasting vector graphics from Adobe Illustrator into Photoshop? What’s your experience been like? Any good tips to share?