2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 28, 2012 1:16 PM by kendallplant

    exporting from photoshop to illustrator

    AmmarSM Level 1



      I have photoshop files that have UI elements but i dont know how to use it in illustrator as with normal copy and paste it doesnt work, i tried

      to open the files in illustrator and although i choosed the option convert layers to objects but that doesnt work as all layers are converted to

      a one whole image ?


      Kind Regards

        • 1. Re: exporting from photoshop to illustrator
          the_wine_snob Level 9

          What format are the Images Saved as from PS?


          In AI, can you Place the Images?


          Good luck,



          • 2. Re: exporting from photoshop to illustrator
            kendallplant Adobe Employee

            If you save a layered image in Photoshop as a .psd file, you should be able to open the image in Illustrator and retain the layers. Try following the steps below:


            First save your image in Photoshop in .psd format, and make sure you have the save layers option checked. Be sure that you haven't flattened your artwork, and that all of your layers are visible. If you have a layer in Photoshop that you have hidden, it will NOT import into Illustrator.

            Screen Shot 2012-08-28 at 1.06.29 PM.png


            In Illustrator, go to File > Open... and select your .psd image. Make sure you select "Convert Layers to Objects".

            Screen Shot 2012-08-28 at 1.08.09 PM.png

            You should now have your layers intact as they were in Photoshop.


            Screen Shot 2012-08-28 at 1.13.00 PM.png


            If you're still having issues after going through this process again, please let us know.