I have a PSD file with an embedded .eps logo. When I export to Photoshop PDF and zoom in, all the text and shapes look very smooth, but the Smart Object .eps ends up not retaining its vector status.

When I double click the .eps smart object in Photoshop, the preview that loads shows me that it clearly is vector (I can zoom very far, and it'll be smooth).

However when I embed this in Photoshop and export to PDF, no dice. I've also tried with .ai and .pdf versions of the logo.

I am using Press Quality on the PDF export settings.


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Looks like I found my own answer!

Smart Objects in Photoshop are always rasterized at the resolution of the Photoshop file. There's no way to stop it (except to place the AI logo directly from Illustrator). Yes, I know, it's sad. It's type and vector Photoshop shape layers that can be "saved" at full vector resolution by saving as Photoshop PDF format.

Source: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1279902

  • Nice, be sure to mark this the accepted answer please. You'll earn some rep if you care and it will prevent the SE Robot from auto-bumping the question every so often on us.
    – Ryan
    Jul 12, 2016 at 2:17

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