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Designer export to Illustrator, SVG vs PDF?

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Hi All, 


I have tried digging into these forums already but still struggling to understand how I should proceed. As I am now quite comfortable with AF Photo, I am beginning to dig into Designer, and worried about my files not being usable by Illustrator. 

Hoping someone can help me to understand some issues / mistakes I might make before I start digging into Designer? What should I avoid if my intention is to create files usable by other graphic designers who are using Illustrator? 


Thanks peeps!


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If you want to keep everything as vectors, then you have to avoid using any layer blend modes or layer effects. These trigger rasterisation on export so will result in simple bitmaps when opened in Illustrator.

I don't think there are any other things to trip you up. As for pdf/svg there's not much in it, but you can embed fonts in the pdf if you are working on the file on a different machine.

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To supplement @BofG's advice, if you use the Gradient Tool to drag a gradient onto your object instead of using a Gradient Overlay layer effect, the gradient will be exported to SVG without rasterization. Also, the only brushes that are pure vector are the first two brushes in the Pen category. All of the other brushes are composed of raster images stretched or repeated along a vector path.

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