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how to open Adobe Illustrator files in Affinity Designer?

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Hi katrinrr,
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That means the Ai file you tried to open doesn't contain any PDF stream which is the only data we are able to access from the Ai file (the rest is proprietary). To contain a PDF stream the Ai file must be saved with the option Create Compatible PDF File checked in Adobe Illustrator.

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Also don't forget to place each item in its own layer in the  Ai file so that you can edit them in Affinity when imported.

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4 hours ago, ArthurV said:

Importing the PDF will mean the text will be chopped up. Words into separate (groups of) characters. This is not good.

No, that is an Illustrator feature. Opening a PDF in Designer tends to keep text as fully normal text boxes.

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I was able to import an old AI project perfectly. Although everything transferred over, homemade brushes and textures I was using on it don't seem to appear in any of the studios (ie. brush studio). Would those have ended up in a separate file somewhere?

Update: Just now noticing they've imported as curves. So will need to change them to brush strokes.

 

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