Here's a good thread on this topic:
You can convert a CS3 PSD to CS5 if you prefer by opening it in CS5 and resaving, or copying and pasting into a new CS5 PSD.
I did that already, but I still get an import error when I try to import the new file to catalyst. It seems that I can import the styles but I get an error when I try to import any of the vector graphics (which were built in CS3)
Hi – Thanks for giving the workaround a try. Another addition that might help – though depending on the nature of the vector content could mean converting more than you want to into bitmaps is: while the file is open in Photoshop CS5, convert the layers with vector graphics into smart objects. Then save it and try to import it into Catalyst.
Workaround aside, if you're ok with sending in the file via the email capability of the forum, I would be happy to investigate further. The Photoshop library in Catalyst is equivalent to that which Photoshop itself uses to interpret and write PSD files. So finding the cause for this problem will likely benefit both teams.
I am now building my files using photoshop CS5. A few challenges I have experienced while trying to import into Catalyst:
- If I do a straight import into Catalyst, I loose all my colors in Catalyst. That is, catalyst imports all my vectors without any of the colors I had in Photoshop. My understanding is that Catalyst has libraries to support Photoshop files, so your import from Photoshop should not look any different in Catalyst.
Work Around: I have had to rasterize / merged all my image layers for the different components I have built in Photoshop CS5. Then when I start the import process I click the Advanced button on the catalyst import dialog. From the advanced dialog, I have to flatten (to bitmap) all the images I intend to import.
This process takes about two hours because I have a lot of components on the page.
Is there something I'm not doing right here? I'm not seeing the value add to Catalyst, if it's taking me this long to just import .psd files
Needless to say, you shouldn't have to spend all of your time merging layers in Photoshop and flattening them in Catalyst's Advanced import dialog. That sounds like a really painful workaround...
Could you attach a simple PS file with a few vector layers that provides a sample of how you're constructing the content whose colors are lost on import?