As someone who has used Adobe Illustrator for much longer than Photoshop and has been using the latter strictly as his digital darkroom for only about nine or ten years, I am puzzled by the thought of placing, or copying and pasting, anything from Illustrator into Photoshop, rather than the other way around.
Placing photographs and pixel graphics from Photoshop into InDesign or Illustrator has been second nature for me for many years.
Therefore, my ignorant question is how does the need to place stuff from Illustrator into Photoshop originate, rather than the other way around?
No criticism is implied at all, I'm genuinely perplexed and eager to learn.
I would say it comes down to what the user is more familiar with. Some are more comfortable using photoshop and would rather import AI files into photoshop, especially since they are preserved in a smart object. Meaning double clicking the icon in the layer opens the original in illustrator.
Some techniques are easier to do in photoshop as is some are easier in illustrator.
One use of that AI to PS workflow is for Images, that will be used in Video (my common need now). Video is Raster, and while PrPro can Import AI, it's Rasterization is not up to PS's. I also usually have multi-Layered PSD's, and just want to add an element from AI.
I am just the opposite of Station_Two, in that I use PS about 90:10 vs AI. As PS's Vector capabilities have improved, I rely on PS, when AI is the better program, but I am less familiar with it, and what is second-nature in PS, needs a bit of my "thinking" to do in AI.
I am the same with Premiere Pro and After Effects - I go to PrPro for much work, that is probably better done in AE, just due to my "comfort zone."
I would be better off, if I forced myself to grab AI, or AE more often, but "old dogs... "
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I am just the opposite of Station_Two, in that I use PS about 90:10 vs AI.…
That's not the opposite of my situation at the present time at all. Even though AI was the Adobe application I used most up until about seven or eight years ago, these days I live inside Bridge, ACR and Photoshop.
Illustrator remains very important for illustrations (duh!). I just have no need to bring illustrations into my photography, but do mix photography into my illustrations.
Thank you for the insights.
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