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Is there a way to export large multi-layered Illustrator file to Photoshop?

When I export with preserve layers and text edit-ability, the complex layers are flattened. I've reorganized my layers to have simple groupings but that's time consuming.

Is there a more effective way of doing this? Or script to automate it?

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Layers get flattened in order to maintain appearance. Most often layers which use transparency in Illustrator (including blend modes) will flatten with the layers below the transparency.

If you remove all transparency from the Illustrator file you should get all layers in the export to Photoshop.

I'm not aware of a script for exporting.

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