Hello to all community !

Any news about changes on "Deeplinking" on Illustrator ? Mine is still not assuming in an automatic manner. a) You have to open the .ai file that contain the PSD link to update that psd and save that .ai file b) only then the linked .ai will update the changes in the other .ai file.

Any update on that ?

Ideally I would like to have a folder to contain the linked psd's and also final products that combine vector and those psd's. That way I would have to update changes only on those arts of that folder to be assumed on all plans for production...

Regards !

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I've just updated my Adobe CC applications and have tested this for you. If you have Adobe CC, you can quickly confirm this yourself.

Currently installed

  • Photoshop v 21.2.3
  • Illustrator v 24.3
  • InDesign v 15.1.2


Illustrator doesn't support the kind of deep linking you want.

  • Place image.psd in documentA.ai.
  • Close documentA.ai.
  • Place documentA.ai in documentB.ai.
  • Close documentB.ai.
  • Change image.psd and save it.

If I open documentB.ai there is no warning whatsoever that documentA.ai has changed.

If I open documentA.ai the image automatically updates, but the document doesn't get a * after the filename and can't be saved until I make some sort of change and undo it. Seems like a bug.


InDesign partly supports deep linking.

  • Place image.psd in documentA.indd.
  • Close documentA.indd.
  • Place documentA.indd in documentB.indd.
  • Close documentB.indd.
  • Change image.psd and save it.

If I open documentB.indd there is a warning that documentA.indd has changed and the menu item can be unfolded to see exactly which placed file has changed.

It isn't possible to update the link (which is indicated by that warning sign with feet) without opening documentA.indd and saving it though (which is why is say that deeplinking is only partly supported).

If I open documentA.indd it isn't automatically updated, but I'm prompted that a placed file has changed. Unlike in Illustrator, if I choose to update the changed image the document has changed and can be saved.

  • I'm going to be THAT smart mouth. ;) what about if you link INDD to an AI that's linked to a PSD?
    – Alith7
    Sep 23, 2020 at 20:01
  • @Alith7 That's not enough, we must go deeper!
    – AndrewH
    Sep 23, 2020 at 20:19
  • @Alith7, your will rip a hole in the spacetime continuum. 😱
    – Wolff
    Sep 23, 2020 at 20:48
  • LOL, TBH, I didn't even know you COULD link an INDD to another INDD file.... WHY?!?! Why woulld you do such insanity?!?!
    – Alith7
    Sep 23, 2020 at 21:08
  • Thank You so much Wolff. That's right, as I expected. That's a shame it's not updated yet. Many times you have to create a product of both content image and vector and create a file to be linked on some pre-press layouts. I do this to preserve the safety of knowing that there is no other file being used instead and therefore having a single folder for all links on that job. What I'm doing is changing the paradigm and never do a change directly on the psd file, but yes, edit the composed ai file and only on that one edit the psd. This way it updates... Sep 25, 2020 at 7:50

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