Why export to Photoshop?
Why dont you setup your elements right in Illustrator. Now with the transparanties and effects in Illustrator no need annymore to step to Photoshop.
You are right in suggesting that I simply send clients a properly layered .ai or .pdf file. But there are a couple of reasons I don't usually do this:
First, both me and some clients worry that they can mess up the file.
And second many if not most clients prefer this as just plain simpler- no worry about fonts and all that.
It surprises me how many major publishers prefer images as tiffs. The reason for this, I suppose is that most of their images are raster-based and its relatively rare to get something else. Then, they always worry about fonts.
The printers are always left to figure out the screwed-up messes we provide and they (almost) always fix it in the end. I wrote this question so that maybe a printer or a pre-press expert could steer me a little. save us both some work and provide a better product.
Wel fonts should not be a problem annymore, if you export your pdf as it should be, fonts aar embeded. A other option is to deliver a vectorised pdf.