Asked • 08/05/19

Photoshop vector smart object opening in Preview instead of Illustrator?

In Photoshop CC (version 19) on the Mac, I have a smart object vector graphic layer. Double-clicking the layer to edit the vector graphic, opens it in Preview (Mac) because, presumably, it thinks it's a PDF (it opens with the `.pdf` extension). I'd rather the vector object open in Illustrator so that I can work with it. **Can I change the default applications that Photoshop hands the file off to?** (One would think that Photoshop would prioritize other Adobe applications instead of the system defaults… but, I guess not.)

1 Expert Answer


Still looking for help? Get the right answer, fast.

Ask a question for free

Get a free answer to a quick problem.
Most questions answered within 4 hours.


Find an Online Tutor Now

Choose an expert and meet online. No packages or subscriptions, pay only for the time you need.