I'm copy and pasting from illustrator the Wild Turkey logo into my photoshop file as a smart object.

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While doing so the logo appears to have very pixelated edges.

Like this here:

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Is there a way to prevent the pixels ?

  • How are you pasting it? As a Smart Object, Shape Layer, Pixels????? A smart object should be crisp and clear. If it's not... standard troubleshooting - trash prefs restart, etc.. Also realize if you are reducing a great deal then those subtle gaps in the logo are going to plug up. Reduce the logo in Illustrator, then copy paste closer to teh size needed. That's some fine detail that is almost always going to get lost on a big reduction. You may need to alter the logo for the size needed.
    – Scott
    Feb 29, 2016 at 21:47
  • Copy past as a smart object. But thats a good point reducing the size in illustrator. I'll give it a go and let you know. Cheers @Scott Feb 29, 2016 at 23:24

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Make sure the resolution is the same in both apps.

Or you can simply Save your document in Illustrator, then open that Illustrator document with Photoshop, and then you will be prompted to choose the way the vector document is rasterized so that you get a Photoshop document that is exactly what you want. Then drag-and-drop the logo from the new Photoshop document to the one you are working on.


Instead of pasting the file directly in, you could use Illustrator to export it as a High Quality PNG file and then import it into Photoshop. If this isn't high enough for you, you will need to adjust the Photoshop document's settings to increase the resolution.

The problem likely isn't based in Illustrator as Illustrator produces vectors (equations about lines and shapes and colours etc that can scale and shrink) as opposed to Photoshop's bitmaps (coordinate graphs of colours, not scaleable without pixelation or graininess)


Are .EPS files no longer used to export from Illustrator & import into Photoshop? The old school way was to use that file format, to move artwork from Illustrator -> Photoshop. Maybe it's worth a shot to see if that's still a possibility to do.


You'll get the best quality when you paste as shape. It looks like you could do it with your object, since it's monochromatic.

Make sure it's a compound object or group of objects without vector effects applied, expand the appearance if necessary, copy to clipboard and paste in Photoshop. Select "Paste as: Shape Layer".

Now you can control the alignment of your object to the pixel grid in Photoshop, and even edit specific path points if necessary.

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