Use Illustrator Layers & Text in Photoshop

To copy the layers and text from an Illustrator file into Photoshop, choose File> Export in Illustrator and select Photoshop format. Be sure to enable Write Layers and Preserve Text Editability. Then, when you open the file in Photoshop, the text objects from Illustrator will appear as Type layers in Photoshop.

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