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How to Convert Adobe Illustrator .EPS .AI to Photoshop .PSD

Posted by David  •  Apr 6th, 2009 4:55:24 am - Subscribe | Mood: sleepy | Music: Jimmy Eat World - 23

Explains how to convert a Adobe Illustrator file .EPS or .AI to Photoshop .PSD. This is pretty self explanatory but I figured that it could be easily overlooked.

How to Convert Adobe Illustrator .EPS .AI to Photoshop .PSD

  • Open Illustrator
  • Open your Illustrator file .EPS or .AI
  • In Illustrator go to file
  • Export
  • Under Save Type As
  • Choose Photoshop .PSD
  • Now click save

    Your done. Recently I have been working on Adobe Illustrator and to me, this is more of a 'note to self', so that I wouldn't forget. Personally I'm an Adobe Photoshop guy.

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    anonymous Says:
    May 17th, 2009

    That works fine if you have a copy of Illustrator, but what if you're working with a .AI file and you don't have Illustrator, most people should already be aware that most graphics/design apps have an export function, you just pretty much stated something that could have easily been looked up in the help file for Illustrator, when most people seek to convert from one file format to another it's because they don't have the software that the original file was created with you bonehead!


    david Says:
    May 17th, 2009

    Don't be cheap, go buy a copy.

    anonymous Says:
    July 24th, 2009

    To anonymous-

    If you don't have Illustrator by Adobe and want to be able to open an .ai file in Photoshop, just rename the extension from, to file.pdf. You can then view it in Adobe Reader (PDF) or open the file for modifying in Photoshop.

    NOTE: When you open PDFs in Photoshop, you will be given the option of what resolution to use and size. For web, just choose 72 dpi, for print, 300 dpi.

    Hope that helps!

    Bobbi Jo Woods, Owner - B. Woods Design
    Professional Websites for Small Businesses

    anonymous Says:
    January 24th, 2010

    Renaming does not work unless it was saved with PDF from Illustrator. keep dreaming

    anonymous Says:
    April 20th, 2010

    I don't have Adobe Illustratoir. Can I open or see an .ai file ?
    I have just Corel....
    Please respond at danbaban (at)

    anonymous Says:
    April 23rd, 2010

    whats the point of converting a AI file to PS file while you have the adobe illustrator already. i agree with the other poster. this is bullshit.

    anonymous Says:
    May 14th, 2010

    Worked well for me thanks. The whole point of converting the AI file to PS file is that WE DON'T HAVE Illustrator and it is pretty pricey.

    anonymous Says:
    May 26th, 2010

    So, aside from bashing David, which I agree is lots of fun, does anyone have a solution? I need to have an AI file saved as separate layers I can rebuild in PhotoShop. Looking for clues...

    Oh yeah... BONEHEAD!

    anonymous Says:
    June 03rd, 2010

    this is actually really helpful, thanks

    anonymous Says:
    July 23rd, 2010

    When saving from EPS to PSD, will PSD have separate layers? thanks

    anonymous Says:
    September 17th, 2010


    just had to say thank YOU n' google of course for bringing me here to the solution!!!!

    i was able to follow dave's instructions n' :O) while also playing the wellduh.wav to myself...

    as for the comment...
    whats the point of converting a AI file to PS file while you have the adobe illustrator already. i agree with the other poster. this is bull$h*t...
    ummmmmm not really alot more comfortable working in photoshop vs illustrator...i guess its just what youre used to...:O)

    n' looks at anon july 23... YES it has the layers...when you first open it its a directory...but click on it n' :O)))))))) all the 'layers' are inside the folder...:O)

    hugs as always to all.../me...

    anonymous Says:
    December 04th, 2010

    Umm this is crazy. I can't believe this is the top search result on google.

    The original question should have been:
    I do not own Illustrator. I have an .ai file. I do have photoshop. How do I open the .ai file in photoshop without purchasing Illustrator.

    To my knowledge there is not a way and I would be thrilled if someone else knows a way.

    With regard to the cheap comment from david...that's just nonsense. Clearly the user who posted has no use for the full version of Illustrator other than to convert a file. Are you really recommending that they purchase the software just to convert the file? That is just silly.

    To all, when you have design work completed by others, always request the final file in multiple formats, including EPS, JPG, AI, PSD, etc. It won't take your designer that long to do and it makes all files far more useful to you. You may in fact one day need the AI file to edit/change the original. Request all formats just to be sure.

    anonymous Says:
    January 04th, 2011

    Everyone - If you need to convert the file, and don't have AI, simply download the trial version from Adobe. It will give you 30 days to do what you need with it - only downfall is once its expired you can't reinstall the trial. However, every time they release a new version (ie cs4, cs5, etc) you can then install again to "try" it. If you need to do this on a regular basis, then you should probably be considering buying it.

    anonymous Says:
    January 06th, 2011

    Thanks a lot! I downloaded a logo from and got frustrated from the file format.

    anonymous Says:
    January 19th, 2011

    A simple answer to a simple question - Thank you!!

    anonymous Says:
    February 17th, 2011

    Awesome. So much easier than manually copying and pasting the layers (usually too much work an thus an uglier solution'd be found)

    anonymous Says:
    March 31st, 2011

    tried it, works, But my file was to big, ran out of memory.

    anonymous Says:
    June 10th, 2011

    it works but the there is no layer to work. i make one one layer in photo shop.
    please tell me how I can convert the .ai file into a .psd file
    so that all the layers etc are all intact and fully editable.

    anonymous Says:
    June 10th, 2011

    please tell me how I can convert the .ai file into a .psd file
    so that all the layers etc are all intact and fully editable.

    anonymous Says:
    January 25th, 2012

    This works wonderfully. Thank you.

    anonymous Says:
    March 16th, 2012

    Great! helpful post.

    anonymous Says:
    May 08th, 2012

    What a fricking BONEHEAD!!

    Why would I want to purchase adobe illustrator just to open a file to export to PSD!!!

    anonymous Says:
    June 20th, 2012

    hei, i have 1 question for you. how to convert .ai to .eps ? thanks happy.gif

    anonymous Says:
    August 16th, 2012

    I find myself in this same position:

    it works but the there is no layer to work. i make one one layer in photo shop.
    please tell me how I can convert the .ai file into a .psd file
    so that all the layers etc are all intact and fully editable.

    I was handed a map of our artists studio by someone who handled it before, and had adobe illustrator, but I have Photoshop.

    anonymous Says:
    August 22nd, 2012

    how to convert illustrator file to PSD format in separate layers. please help me...........

    anonymous Says:
    August 26th, 2012

    jesus ...

    the guy didnt have to type this out and post it .. how much did you pay to read his comment? he is just sending out a little info to help us..

    I have both illustrator and photo shop... i hate illustrator with a passion and only use photo shop. I am however purchasing a bunch of images from shutterstock and they send all images in an eps file... so i needed to know how to convert from eps over to psd ... and this showed me how to do it.

    its not his fault you morons clicked on a link and then didnt like the link you clicked on ... go look at the other 2000 links on google that are explaining how to do what you need help with.

    jesus christ ... guy sends out helpful info and you guys bash him jsut because it wasnt the info you needed...


    anonymous Says:
    January 31st, 2013

    How can we convert AI files be converted to layered PSD files?

    anonymous Says:
    June 22nd, 2014

    I'm not sure you have tried your advice... this DOES NOT work at all. As soon as you have a transparent layer, everything else below gets "flattened" (typical thinking of the AI group.. boneheads).

    So, if it is at all a complex image, then these are useless instructions.

    Honestly, I really don't see the attraction of Illustrator by any private business... takes so much more work for the simplest of image work. Seems like the type of thing public sector / union employees love.. takes 4 minutes of work and turns it into a day-long cruisade.

    AI is sure way to kill productivity... Photoshop does the work faster, cleaner and with no "hocus-pokus" crap needed to share images or transfer between platforms.

    So, any useful comment for a real image, i.e. one with transparent layers needing preservation?

    anonymous Says:
    August 26th, 2014

    I know that this website can convert AI files to layered PSD:

    anonymous Says:
    September 28th, 2015

    you can try this free online image converter( to convert image to psd.

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