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How to export to PDF and preserve Layers so Illustrator can read them?

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I am desperately trying to escape Adobe's stranglehold, and purchased Designer as an alternative to Illustrator.

I create a lot of wine labels. The printer uses Illustrator for all its work, so the files I send need to be readable by Illustrator.

I need to indicate where the the printers need to emboss, add silkscreen, foil, etc so I organize my AD file into layers. However when I export to PDF, and reopen the file in Illustrator, the entire structure is lost.

I do see the layers preserved when I open the PDF in Acrobat however, so I find this confusing. Attached are screenshots of AD file, Acrobat view, and a couple in Illustrator showing the single layer will all the separate elements making the file unworkable. Also included is the original AD design file.

Is this possible to achieve?

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Hi Ffca,

Welcome to the forums :) 

when I open the file the text looks distorted this is likely due to me not having the font you are using please could you send me a private message.

Thanks

Callum


Please tag me using @ in your reply so I can be sure to respond ASAP.

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AI does not respect--cannot import--layers in a PDF.

Except its own PDFs and that is only if they are saved with "Preserve Editability" or some such setting and then there is a copy of the AI file embedded that AI is actually opening.

Aside from the AD-->AI compatibility issue(s), the printer should never be using AI to open a client PDF in the first place. It's a barbaric practice from the 1990s.

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10 hours ago, MikeW said:

AI does not respect--cannot import--layers in a PDF.

Except its own PDFs and that is only if they are saved with "Preserve Editability" or some such setting and then there is a copy of the AI file embedded that AI is actually opening.

Aside from the AD-->AI compatibility issue(s), the printer should never be using AI to open a client PDF in the first place. It's a barbaric practice from the 1990s.

Man, I just heard back and they said exactly what I was afraid of—the file is unacceptable. I'm curious what method you think they should be using, maybe I can try to encourage them in that direction.

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12 hours ago, Callum said:

Hi Ffca,

Welcome to the forums :) 

when I open the file the text looks distorted this is likely due to me not having the font you are using please could you send me a private message.

Thanks

Callum

Thank you sir! I did send you a PM, but it wouldn't allow me to attach the files. Here they are

AD_Fonts.zip

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