For months, the simple task of pasting vector art from Illustrator (or other vector based software programs) into Photoshop was unexpectedly reducing my crispy vector-based art into a jagged, pixelated mess.
At first I thought it was a graphics card issue. Then I thought perhaps it was an Open GL settings problem. Or perhaps a corrupt Photoshop install and so on... Seriously, this issue had me stumped for months! All the while I couldn't work with vector art from Illustrator in Photoshop (unless I opted to paste my vectors into Photoshop as a path or shape layer but that wasn’t always ideal).
Here's the fix! It’s so simple – but its controlled by a tiny little checkbox buried in the UI.
Immediately after you paste your artwork into Photoshop, choose "Smart Object" > then press OK. A tiny little "Anti-alias" check box will appear next to the "Set rotation" input area.
Make sure that tiny little box is ticked and your vectors will be safe.