My co-worker sent me a file created with Photoshop CC that she swears contain vector layers with shapes in them.

I am running CS5, and the same layers are showing up as rasterized. Is this a versioning problem?

  • I assume support of early version was turned on during saving. But can be rechecked to be sure. – Vnovak May 27 '14 at 18:57
  • Since you're working for the same company, you should ask for a CC subscription if possible. That would take care of any incompatibility issues you two are having. – Hanna May 28 '14 at 20:17

Shape layers (all versions of Photoshop prior to CS6) became actual vector layers with CS6 and later. (Might be just the cloud version of CS6, I don't recall and don't have it installed anywhere handy.)

Vector layers have true fill and stroke attributes, as opposed to shape layers, which are basically a vector mask on a colored layer.

I've not tried importing a PSD with vectors into an earlier version of Photoshop, but it would make sense that CS5 and earlier can't interpret them correctly, since the functionality is missing. If your co-worker changes them to Smart Objects before sending you the file, there possibly won't be a problem. Photoshop assumes that vector SOs are opened by Illustrator, so that's worth a try.

[Added, since the above proves not workable}: Your co-worker can copy these shape layers into Illustrator, save as .ai documents, then import as Smart Objects. Although the workflow is a bit more roundabout than working on native vector layers, it's still quick and it avoids the compatibility issue.

  • Unfortunately it didn't work, thanks anyway though. – nipponese May 27 '14 at 21:31

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