10 Replies Latest reply on Apr 12, 2018 12:08 AM by c.pfaffenbichler

    How to re-link missing vector smart objects

    alexisbaydoun

      Hey guys,

       

      I was using Photoshop CC normally, copying vectors from Illustrator then pasting it on Photoshop with "Vector Smart Object" correctly linked.

       

      Then for some reason I signed out of Creative Cloud (can't remember why) and when i paste artworks from Illustrator to Photoshop i unchecked "Add to Library"

       

      Ever since i've been using Photoshop files with layers that aren't linked to their illustrator artwork (attached)

       

      My question is, can i relink the missing "Vector Smart Objects" to their original vectors cause i lost many of them.

       

      Many of the files i use from illustrator aren't necessarily located as .AI files on my drive, i just create them on illustrator and paste them on photoshop and use them from there.

       

      Please let me know,

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        • 1. Re: How to re-link missing vector smart objects
          c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

          Is anything available when using  »View Deleted Items« from the Library Panel’s fly-out menu?

           

          Anyway your description seems unclear; you paste ai-content, have unchecked »Add to library«, but the new SO shows a missing link right away?

          • 2. Re: How to re-link missing vector smart objects
            alexisbaydoun Level 1

            Is anything available when using  »View Deleted Items« from the Library Panel’s fly-out menu?

             

            No. Both folders are empty on Cloud.

             

            Anyway your description seems unclear; you paste ai-content, have unchecked »Add to library«, but the new SO shows a missing link right away?

             

            No. What i meant is that in the past ive worked on a PSD file, probably added illustrator files to it while "Add to Library" was unchecked. Now that i'm opening it again, all the Vector Smart Objects are marked with Red that photoshop can't find them anywhere. So i was wondering if there's any way i could get them back..

             

            Thanks

             

             

            • 3. Re: How to re-link missing vector smart objects
              c.pfaffenbichler Level 9
              No. What i meant is that in the past ive worked on a PSD file, probably added illustrator files to it while "Add to Library" was unchecked. Now that i'm opening it again, all the Vector Smart Objects are marked with Red that photoshop can't find them anywhere. So i was wondering if there's any way i could get them back..

              That seems to make no sense, Illustrator-content should be pasted as an embedded Smart Object if »Add to library« is unchecked.

              • 4. Re: How to re-link missing vector smart objects
                c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

                Could the missing images actually harken from a time when you »added to library«?

                • 5. Re: How to re-link missing vector smart objects
                  alexisbaydoun Level 1

                  That's what i thought, but everytime i open a PSD file on photoshop i'm getting this (attached)

                   

                  That the Vector Smart Objects are missing and that i should link them again. It's the first time this happens with me so i'm wondering why. I don't have each of them as separate illustrator documents so i can't manually pick them cause they don't exist.

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                  • 6. Re: How to re-link missing vector smart objects
                    c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

                    This does not happen because »Add to my currecnt Library« was un-checked; rather the other way round, you did apparently use a Library.

                    What was your Library at the time? What is your current Library?

                    • 7. Re: How to re-link missing vector smart objects
                      alexisbaydoun Level 1

                      I have no idea how to answer that question. i am not familiar with Libraries on Photoshop, ever since i've been using Photoshop for more than 10 years i copy paste an artwork from Illustrator to Photoshop and it automatically links to Illustrator as a Vector Smart Object and it's saved.

                       

                      Now it's not and plenty of my layers on Photoshop for numerous files i have no access to.

                       

                      attached reference

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                      • 8. Re: How to re-link missing vector smart objects
                        c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

                        i copy paste an artwork from Illustrator to Photoshop and it automatically links to Illustrator as a Vector Smart

                        Pasted Illustrator content used to be embedded, not linked.

                        Linked Smart Object have been introduced in Photoshop CC (released 2014).

                         

                        It seems that at some point you started using the Libraries without noticing it.

                        Are other Libraries available in the Panel (click on the pop-up menu that shows »My Library« now).

                        Have you changed your account in the meantime?

                        • 9. Re: How to re-link missing vector smart objects
                          alexisbaydoun Level 1

                          No. I got Drag & Drop.

                           

                          This is really so strange, more than 50 PSD files have become like this which is very unflexible and unusable for editing. Can this be corrected? and if not, what's to learn from this so that it no longer happens?

                           

                          I haven't changed my account it's always been the same.. I did however just rebooted Creative Cloud (attached 2) Originally it wasn't there it's been a while so chances are i might have been not signed in?

                           

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                          • 10. Re: How to re-link missing vector smart objects
                            c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

                            You may want to start a new thread, maybe someone else can make more sense of your descriptions, because I am not sure I follow what you are talking about; you talked about copy/pasting, now you talk about drag/dropping, the screenshots seem to clearly indicate that Library files are missing yet you claim to have pasted without »add to library«, …

                             

                            more than 50 PSD files have become like this which is very unflexible and unusable for editing.

                            If you pasted with »add to library« or dragged from the Library then the files are not embedded in the Photoshop files and that is as expected and intended.