I use the "Place Linked" function a lot to keep my files organised. I recently switched to Artboards, so now I have multiple Artboards in a PSD.

Is there a way to use the "Place Linked" function and target a specific Artboard in a PSD?

Here's a really simple example:

  • Two PSD's
  • "Header.PSD" -> a File with three Artboards: "Large", "Medium", "Small"
  • "Home.PSD" -> a file with three Artboards: "Large", "Medium", "Small"

I want to link the "Medium" Artboard from "Header.PSD" into my "Home.PSD" file. However, there doesn't seem to be a way to target a specific artboard. Instead, I can only Link the entire "Header.PSD".

Is there something I'm missing? Is there a workaround to this? How do you keep your files organised when working with Artboards?

  • I have last version of Photoshop CC 2015.5.1 and there is still no way how to place only specific Artboard. It should work like with pages of PDF file when you placing it. Like Import options there should be Placing options... OMG I don't understand how this is possible - sooo big company, so famous software and still stupid in many ways. Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 9:00

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That functionality isn't possible with the current software limitations.

Your best bet is to export artboards to file as detailed in this post:



It seems to me the optimum use would be to create Header.psd as a separate file - no artboard, standard single .psd file. Then link header.psd to any other .psd in need of it.

Header.psd ---> Home.psd
Header.psd ---> Page2.psd
Header.psd ---> Page3.psd

Often I find separate assets then master files linking to those assets works best rather than suffering through the frustrations of pulling assets from one file for another file.


Turn off visibility on the artboards your don't need, save and place linked. Just the visible artboard will be placed.

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