I'm trying to come up with a technique to do the following: Draw a shape, shade it with a gradient, then rasterize leaving a vector clipping mask, edit the fill in photoshop to add texture and general tweaking.
Rasterizing the shape results in and embedded image that I can't convert to link image. If I could do that the problem would be solved. I'd just rasterize to a linked image, open it in PS, do whatever, save, and AI would detect the changes and update automatically.
Copy/pasting from one to the other would work, I guess, but then I'd have to fix scale and placement, worry about resolution when making the new file in photoshop and so on. There must be something more straightforward. Any ideas?
Open the file in PS using the page bounding box instead of the default object bounding box....
That rasterizes the whole thing and I can't edit the vectors in AI anymore. Not really what I'm looking for, but thanks for your help anyway.
This might not be what you re looking for either but I would either place the file in Photoshop or open it but this time do it s a smart object will will retain the copy of the Illustrator file and allow you to edit the illustrator file which will update in Photoshop after you make the changes in Illustrator.