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Chapter 11. Friends: Illustrator with Ot... > Vector Shapes in Photoshop

Vector Shapes in Photoshop

When you export a document in PSD format, any vector shape is rasterized when it’s opened in Photoshop. In order for an Illustrator vector shape to remain an editable vector—meaning you want to create a custom shape layer in Photoshop so you can edit the image—you must do one extra step in Illustrator before exporting. Select the object, choose Window>Pathfinder, and from the Pathfinder palette’s flyout menu, choose Make Compound Shape. (Note: If your image has objects within it, just select its outermost bounding box. You don’t need to flatten the image.) Then choose File>Export, and in the Format pop-up menu choose Photoshop (PSD). When you open the PSD file in Photoshop, the object will appear as a shape layer, preserving its vector editability.


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