Elements on .AI file format are scattered and in clipping group

Community Beginner ,
Jan 03, 2022 Jan 03, 2022

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I'm the original artist of this file (left) then after sometime, other person edited it (right) then was sent back to me. 

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I noticed the format changes from .ai to .AI then the grouped layers before were now scattered and in clipping group. This can make editing more time consuming and difficult.

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I asked the sender and they confirmed that we have the same version of Illustrator. 

Can anyone help know how to prevent this from happening? 

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Jan 04, 2022 Jan 04, 2022

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From your desscription it looks like the pdf part of the file is opened.

Did it look the same on the other persons computer? If not, ask if the file can be resend, but zip it first. 

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Jan 04, 2022 Jan 04, 2022

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How will I know if that is the PDF part of file? I checked the file description, it says like this:

 

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Jan 04, 2022 Jan 04, 2022

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If not changed, an Illustrator file contains 2 parts, the Illustrator part with everything needed for editing and the PDF part, needed for other apps like Photoshop and InDesign.

The PDF part does not contain all the elements needed for editing and is meant for representation.

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Jan 04, 2022 Jan 04, 2022

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I asked others to open the same file. It still shows the same appearance/format. How can I prevent getting a file like this?

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I asked others to open the same file. It still shows the same appearance/format. How can I prevent getting a file like this?

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Jan 04, 2022 Jan 04, 2022

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Can you please scroll to the top of the layer panel?

If others open that file, is it OK or is it not OK?

 

Please see this about Illustrator files: https://youtu.be/IpDh8Y7q8yE

Illustrator has a special way of saving native files. You should know this in order to be able to set the correct options and to recover some of your artwork...

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If the file you send was ok and the file they received was wrong, the file was damaged in transfer.

Same the other way around. Check who had the last correct file.

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