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Is it possible to import a Illustrator document into Photoshop and keep the layers - we need to supply a multi layered document to a client in this way asap...

We have tried exporting the doc as a PSD from Illustrator - but the 'write layers' option is disabled for some reason!

Any advice?


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In Illustrator,

File > Export... >

Format: Photoshop (psd), Use Artboards, All

The Color Mode must match the color mode used for the document (my guess is this is what you are doing differently)

Photoshop Export Options from Adobe Illustrator

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And unless there have been vast improvements in CS6, it doesn't like nested layers. That's a big one for my teams. –  plainclothes Apr 29 '13 at 17:59
@plainclothes in my simple test file using CS6, nested layers work fine. They appear in Photoshop inside of folders. –  Dave Nelson Apr 29 '13 at 18:59
Glad to hear it! –  plainclothes Apr 29 '13 at 19:00
Cheers Dave - Write layers is always diabled when I try the above for this particular doc though - maybe due to linked PS files in the Illustrator Doc? Cant think of any other reason myself! –  Paul May 8 '13 at 11:09

In Photoshop, use the Open As command in the File menu. PS will read the .AI file and convert it to layers

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Ctr + A , Un group . Choose release to layers (sequence)

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