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Exporting Photoshop Smart Object To Illustrator with Effects


Question

I'm creating a very simple logo with text and just one Smart Object leaf.

I want to create an .eps file so my client can print without any trouble.

The thing is, the Smart Object is a leaf that originated from a Photoshop Website template and it has 5 effects on it.

My question is this: How can I export the Smart Object from Photoshop to Illustrator without losing the vector data?

I know the long way is to basically recreate the Smart Object from scratch in Illustrator and just add in the text (which has nothing fancy on it), but I don't have enough billable time to work with to go that route. Is this even possible? I'm using Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. Thanks!

2014/02/28
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2/28/2014 11:09:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Photoshop layers styles can not be exported to Illustrator as anything other than raster images. In other words, styles are not transferable, only their visual appearance, as a flat raster image, can be transferred.

In addition, EPS is a flat file format. That means only 1 bit for transparency. Something is either transparent or opaque. You can't have subtle fading to transparent effects in an EPS file.

Due to this, anything created in Illustrator, and using raster effects such as shadows or glows, will result in the EPS file being constructed of vector clipping masks with embedded raster images to create the shadow/glow. These raster images will be bound by all traditional raster limitations and will not be resolution independent like vector data is.

While it's certainly possible to transfer a vector shape from Photoshop to Illustrator, if the desire is to also transfer layer styles, there's little point. You can rebuild an appearance in Illustrator. Meaning, rather than using the drop shadow effect, you can manually use a gradient or mesh, etc. This would result in vector effect. However, only if the file is saved as a native .ai file or .pdf (version dependent). But saving as an .eps file will always result in raster images if you are using a fade-to-transparent object within Illustrator.

2014/07/29
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7/29/2014 6:03:00 PM