I have a document in Illustrator, entirely comprised of vector elements that I want to bring into Photoshop to edit.

The top most object is a gradient with transparency and this entire gradient disappears when I import the file into Photoshop, everything else in the document including other gradients with transparency appear as they should.

Why is this occurring and how can I solve my issue?

  • what kinds of documents are you using? Is the gradient an Illustrator-made object or did you place it in Illustrator?
    – Vincent
    May 6, 2015 at 11:22
  • Oops sorry should have mentioned, entirely vector. Some gradients and blending modes applied.
    – user42737
    May 6, 2015 at 11:24

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This doesn't explain why it's occurring but the following two workarounds helped to some degree, but neither are ideal:

• Save .ai as an EPS (although then there was white outlines around things like a low resolution/transparency flattening type effect)

• Save .ai as a high resolution JPEG

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