Adobe Illustrator AI file format

Supported file formats : Adobe Illustrator (AI)

Adobe Illustrator (AI)
The Adobe Illustrator (AI) file format was developed by Adobe Systems, Incorporated for the Macintosh and Windows platforms. It is primarily vector-based, although later versions support bitmap information.

To import an Adobe Illustrator file

1. Click File Import.

2. Locate the folder in which the file is stored.

3. Do one of the following:

(Windows Vista) Choose AI - Adobe Illustrator (*.ai; *.eps; *.pdf) from the list box next to the File name box.

(Windows XP) Choose AI - Adobe Illustrator from the Files of type list box.

4. Click the filename.

5. Click Import.

6. Click the drawing page.

To export an Adobe Illustrator file

1. Click File Export.

2. Locate the folder in which you want to save the file.

3. Choose AI - Adobe Illustrator from the Save as type list box.

4. Type a filename in the File name list box.

5. Click Export.

6. From the Compatibility list box, choose an Adobe Illustrator file format.

7. In the Destination area, enable one of the following options:

PClets you export a file that can be edited on a Windows operating system

Macintoshlets you export a file that can be edited on a Macintosh operating system

8. In the Export text as area, enable one of the following options:

Curveslets you export text as curves

Textlets you export text as editable characters

9. Enable any of the check boxes corresponding to conversion options.

Adobe Illustrator (AI) technical notes

Importing an AI file
Corel programs provide full support for all AI file formats up to and including Adobe Illustrator CS3.

For files saved in Adobe Illustrator CS or higher, text can be imported as text or curves if the files are PDF-compatible.

Corel programs cannot import AI files containing bitmaps linked as EPS files.

Adobe Illustrator graphics are imported into the program as a group of objects. Click Arrange Ungroup to manipulate objects in the imported graphic. If you open an AI file instead of importing it, you do not need to ungroup objects.

Flash movies embedded in AI files are not imported.

Objects filled by using Live Color groups (color schemes) appear correctly in CorelDRAW, but the Live Color groups are not maintained as color styles.

Exporting an AI file
During export conversion, objects can become complex, making it difficult to edit them in other drawing programs or in CorelDRAW if you reimport them. To avoid this problem, save the file to the CorelDRAW (CDR) format before exporting it, and use CorelDRAW for all editing.

If you create a file that will be printed in other programs, such as Adobe PageMaker, export it using the Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) filter, not the Adobe Illustrator (AI) filter. The Encapsulated PostScript filter supports more drawing effects than the Adobe Illustrator filter does and yields better results overall.

Most linear and radial fountain fills are preserved. Conical and square fountain fills are exported as a series of filled bands, an effect similar to that achieved by blending. You can set the number of bands by clicking Tools Options. In the Workspace list of categories, click Display, and type a number in the Preview fountain steps box. The maximum number of bands supported is 256.

To accurately reproduce calligraphic outlines, corner styles, and line caps, click Tools Options. In the Workspace list of categories, double-click Text, and enable the Calligraphic text check box in the Clipboard area. The outlines are exported as a group of polygons that match the appearance of the outlines in the program, but add significantly to the size of the exported file.

You can export text as text when you are exporting AI files from versions CS and later.


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