Photoshop: Saved a file as a (PDF) but when I reopen it, it seems to be a raster file.

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I've not worked with vector graphics before and I have to create and submit a vector format high quality PDF (quarter size dimensions) for a large banner.

I have the original logo in PDF format (as usual with PDF, I'm asked at what size I want to bring it into Photoshop CC 2015, which then displays smooth edges regardless of the size I choose - I guess this is a vector file).

When I then save it as a high-quality PDF, maximum image quality with no downsampling and preserving editing capabilities, then try to open it back up, it doesn't ask for my size request and so displays a small file which pixelates at any higher than a 100% view.

How can I resave this vector logo as a proper vector format file which will scale up when reopened in Photoshop?

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If you didn't save with Photoshop layer/editing information, then the resulting PDF would be rasterized when it is opened again in Photoshop.
If you did save with Photoshop layer/editing information, then the layers would be restored when you opened the PDF again in Photoshop.

Some of the options for saving PDF will force it to a flattened bitmap (needed for some PDF standards). In that case Photoshop can only open the bitmap image and doesn't need to ask for rasterization size.
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Thanks. Any suggestions then for importing multiple original vector files into a CC doc and then saving in a format that will scale up from quarter size at the printers?

Many thanks.