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.ai to .cdr ( illustrator file to corel draw file)

New Here ,
Jun 14, 2013 Jun 14, 2013

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I work in illustrator but my  client needs file in coral draw how can i convert an .ai (adobe illustrator) file to .cdr (Coral Draw file)

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Jun 14, 2013 Jun 14, 2013

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You can't. But Corel Draw CAN import AI, EPS and PDF files.

HOWEVER; all effects like gradients, drop shadows and the like will be rasterized -- they will no longer be editable. Also, any multi-line text may be broken apart into individual chuncks.

--OB

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Jun 14, 2013 Jun 14, 2013

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all effects like gradients, … and the like will be rasterized -- they will no longer be editable.

I do not completely agree with that statement. Draw's .ai import filter has been pretty smart for a long time.

For example, Illustrator gradient fills are usually converted to editable gradient fills in Draw. Even Illustrator gradient mesh objects can be imported as Draw's equivalent mesh objects, still editable.

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Jul 02, 2019 Jul 02, 2019

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I'm using Corel Draw 2019. Tried opening an Illustrator EPS with mask and gradients, everything went out of whack. Got really weird rastered objects. Nope.  Don't even try

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Jul 03, 2019 Jul 03, 2019

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angele4087682  schrieb

I'm using Corel Draw 2019. Tried opening an Illustrator EPS with mask and gradients, everything went out of whack. Got really weird rastered objects. Nope.  Don't even try

Don't use EPS for that (or for most other things). EPS is ancient and will ruin most of your stuff on its own.

Just open your AI file in CorelDRAW.

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Jul 06, 2019 Jul 06, 2019

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Followed your advice. Opened the AI file in Corel Draw but I had an even worse result. It turned everything greyscale. Type went missing too. So no go.

I gave up on this conversion. Corel is not the choice for designers.

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Jul 06, 2019 Jul 06, 2019

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Can you post that file somewhere?

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Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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2022 and I've had bad experience opening EPS files with gradient fills in Corel 2019 and Corel 2021. The EPS file had the gradient broken into lots of seperate lines. When I imported the original AI files, I could select the gradient and change it in Corel, although my change was to select no fill for the object, and then create the fill I wanted.

When the customer wants cdr files, and you use AI on Apple PC, best bet is to get a modest PC with customers version of Windows and same version of Corel Draw (customer may need to upgrade if they have old version of Corel Draw due to backward compatibilty issues.) In this way you can import the images into Corel Draw and make any corrections that may be needed. It will also help with other PC based customers, who want digital art they can use and modify. Not saying new PC is required, check local service shops for 3 to 4 year old machine and monitor, and ebay for graphics card upgrade if needed. Too risky to convert to cdr without seeing those files the same way the customer will.

I'm working with a Design Company now and have learned  AI -> SVG, WMF, or EMF all have issues. I'm now going to have him just give me the AI files, I import into Corel, fix the text, then batch export to non-propretary SVG and WMF. Yes, WMF is very, very, very old and only 16-bit. But these are simple graphics, grey scale or primary colors -nothing requiring more than 16-bit,  and unlike AI, Corel doesn't hork up the size, or the smoothness of circles when exporting to WMF. I'm dealing with hudreds of illustrations for PowerPoint slides and text books. EPS has been banned from MS Office. So even if EPS pulled into Corel well, I can't use it for PowerPoint slides. EMF (Enhanced Windows Metafile) imports into Office products at the wrong size -I don't want to have to resize hundreds of images.  I'll also batch export to WMF and also SVG, and see how that newer SVG format works out. 

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Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

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@Raymond26965993n8ct  schrieb:

 

When the customer wants cdr files, and you use AI on Apple PC, best bet is to get a modest PC with customers version of Windows and same version of Corel Draw


 

There is a Mac version of CorelDRAW

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