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I am a web developer and I convert design elements from Photoshop to html. Sometimes I receive the designs in Illustrator. I like to export the Illustrator files to Photoshop so they are easier to work with.

However, when I export from Illustrator to Photoshop, even if I select the option to preserve layers and text edit-ability, I get a notice that some Containers have been flattened. This generally translates into the whole document being flattened and I have little options for working with the layers in Photoshop.

Is there a more effective way to preserve the layers and edit-ability in Photoshop? Thanks!

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One of the lazy Illustrator workflow habits that will make you crazy is designing all on a single layer. From the stuff I receive, this seems to happen upward of 90% of the time. The net result is you end up with a single, flattened layer in Photoshop.

Your best bet is to prep the AI files before importing them. Use AI's Layers panel to select each element, or groups of elements that belong together, and move them to their own layers. For extra credit, name the layers so they're easier to identify. I frequently need to do this (as in, "almost always") with outside AI files I'm going to place in an InDesign layout.

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Thank you for the thoughtful response. At least now I know what to do. – fmz Dec 29 '11 at 3:46

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