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I've scanned in some maps, and I'm regularly adding little touches here and there to each map in Photoshop. Each map has a few Ps layers and is not vector.

For all the annotations, I'm using Illustrator, because it's better for the job with its typography tools.

In Ps, I can drag some graphics/layers in from Ai and it becomes a single 'vector smart object' so whenever I want to edit that graphic, it opens in Ai and updates in Ps when I save.

How do I have the equivalent of this in Illustrator? I have a multilayered graphic which I want to keep opening and editing in Ps but still keep at the exact same size and position in the Ai document (to keep the annotations accurate)?

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You can get some of the way with File > Place in Illustrator, but no PSD I've ever placed has maintained the ability to update when the original is updated, unlike other file types (even if it's saved from the same version of PS with "Maximise compatibility" ticked). It's not something I do much though, so I might just have been doing it wrong... –  user568458 Oct 23 '13 at 17:36
    
This actually worked for me! Perfect - thanks so much. –  Aaron Oct 23 '13 at 18:40
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File > Place did exactly what I wanted to do! Thanks to the user who commented above - I couldn't mark that as the right answer for some reason.

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Cool, did you manage to get it so you could update the placed file when it changed from the Links window? For some reason that's never worked for me with PSDs, for me it always places then forgets the original file and 'Update link' and 'Edit original' are greyed out with PSDs –  user568458 Oct 24 '13 at 9:23
    
I just keep the placed psd open in Ps the whole time, and whenever I edit and save it, then go back to Ai, a popup in Ai says "Some files are modified in the Links panel - would you like to update them now?" When I click yes, it magically updates :D :D :D –  Aaron Oct 24 '13 at 14:53
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