Place linked, layered Illustrator files into Photoshop

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Would like to request a feature: That when I place a linked Illustrator file into Photoshop, that the Illustrator layers would show up in the Photoshop layers palette. Maybe the Illustrator file could show up as a folder in the Photoshop layers palette. And then when I drop down the folder, the Illustrator layers are individual layers that I can work with on their own and then apply Photoshop stuff to them where Illustrator isn't as great at. This would allow me to leave my vector drawings (Illustrator's strength) in Illustrator and allow me to use Photoshop as well to really make them sing without having to break the workflow or import the layers separately as smart objects, like if I don't want to add an effect to the entire scene. Pretty please.
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Another solution (maybe easier) would be the ability to paste in multiple vector objects as a group but then have them fall into place as separate objects onto separate layers. Right now, when I grab a bunch of Illustrator objects and then paste them into Photoshop, it combines the objects onto one layer.
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Though, this second solution ultimately means that I am leaving Illustrator and doesn't really offer a great way to go back.
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eartho

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and you would expect Ps to somehow honor all the effects that Illustrator draws on the vectors?

keep dreaming.
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Chris Cox

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Photoshop and Illustrator have different compositing models - so the appearance can never completely match what you see in Illustrator.

And while Photoshop can rasterize the PDF version of Illustrator's file data, Photoshop cannot understand all the Illustrator specific layer data. Doing what you ask would literally require putting most of Illustrator into Photoshop - which we aren't likely to do.
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Implementing Illustrator support like After Effects will do. AE let us choose from composite image or layer, at layer size, or cropped to the bounding box.