Photoshop: Open .eps as a Shape Layer

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Hi there,

Is it possible to directly import a .eps file in Photoshop as a shape layer?

I know it's possible by opening and exporting in illustrator, but is there a faster way?

And, if it's not possible, why not?
'Open as shape layer' could be a checkbox when you try to open a .eps file. Right?

Cheers!
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Generally, no. EPS allows arbitrary code, not just simple shapes. Also, the Illustrator strokes and fills are not compatible with Photoshop, except for solid colors.

When you copy and paste shapes from Illustrator, it provides simplified outlines and information that Photoshop can convert to a shape layer.
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I find myself often opening files (typically brand assets) in Illustrator, just to get access to the shape and copy that into Photoshop as a shape layer.

I do understand that Photoshop cannot deal with all the data in EPS files. Just getting access to the solid paths would be a big step up. The same with SVG.

Create a folder, then dump each solid inside as a separate layer.
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Still not that simple because of the variety of primitives allowed by SVG and EPS (think about how a gradient mesh is represented: as thousands of triangles).
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I understand what you are saying, but it does feel a bit like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

I would much prefer to a dialog warning / stopping me before opening a file with too much complexity. Photoshop is not a very good tool for working with very complex vector files anyway.

The files I typically work with are similar in complexity to this one: http://www.brandsoftheworld.com/logo/...