Smart Objects- Able to save edits in both Photoshop and Illustrator

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Right now you can import vectors into Photoshop as a smart object and edit it in illustrator and changes will appear in Photoshop which is awesome. However, if I make changes to that smart object in photoshop such as it's size to keep this simple there is no way to export those changes back to illustrator and have the new size reflected to the file we imported. Maybe this exists but I just spent and our with an Adobe tech but was told this feature does not exist as of yet.
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Jasmier Joerger

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Stephen Newport

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Smart objects are a one-way-road. Changes to a smart object are meant to be non-destructive, meaning the original vector is left unchanged while the appearance of the vector in photoshop changes. Having the source file change dependent on what you did to the smart object defeats the purpose... if I understand your problem correctly.
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Any embedded smart object can be extracted to the hard-drive by Layer-> Smart Objects -> "Convert to Linked..."

You'll see a new save dialog with something like "Smart Object.ai" as the file name. Save that out and off you go.

Note that you will now have a Linked Smart Object instead of an embedded one, with all the associated advantages and pitfalls.
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