I attempted to paste a vector and/or image file on Photoshop as a smart object, when editing the image, it does not update on Illustrator. Is there a way around this?

  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. Have you placed a linked PSD file in an Illustrator document? Maybe try opening the links panel, select the file you linked to, and hit the update button.
    – Billy Kerr
    Nov 2, 2022 at 10:36
  • Copy/paste between applications never remembers the original application. Doesn't matter what application one is using. One must use a Place command to link to a file from another application, not copy/paste.
    – Scott
    Nov 2, 2022 at 10:36
  • @Scott - I read this differently, but yeah pasting could be the problem. It's a really confusing question. Not entirely sure what the OP is actually trying to do here.
    – Billy Kerr
    Nov 2, 2022 at 10:48
  • @BillyKerr - I suspect a language barrier a bit.
    – Scott
    Nov 2, 2022 at 10:52

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Photoshop smart objects do not update external Illustrator files.

When one pastes... Photoshop embeds the vector data and creates a separate internal file for vector smart objects which has no connection to any external file. If you double-click a vector smart object and edit it, you are not editing the original Illustrator file. Note the title of the tab/window in Illustrator when editing...

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It is not any .ai file you may have originally copied content from.

If you wish to use an external file from Illustrator, and have the photoshop file update when the Illustrator file changes, use File > Place > Linked in Photoshop rather than copy/pasting.

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