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Illustrator 2017 exprots blank PDF

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Aug 02, 2017 Aug 02, 2017

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I did choose Save as PDF.

Open with preview and it comes up as blank.. i choose hoose Export as PDF. Still nothing on  document.

Illustrator 2017. Can someone tell me if there's another way of saving as PDF please?

I'm doing a business card format for myself.

I did group some layers. I also tried resterizing option. I tried group all layers under one group.  Nothing worked.

Thank you.

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Community Expert , Aug 02, 2017 Aug 02, 2017

In your layers panel double click on each layer and in the Layers Options dialog you’ll see make sure that “Print” is checked. If you see template checked uncheck it and check Print. Then try making your pdf again using Save as pdf.

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Community Beginner , May 17, 2022 May 17, 2022

Had the same problem using Illustrator 2022 Mac. Tried all the settings and nothing. Finally saved as a copy for PDF and it worked this time. Unbelievable and unacceptable that this is still an issue from 2017. 

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Community Beginner , Apr 13, 2023 Apr 13, 2023

This worked for me. I had to click on the main layer, not the sublayers. I included a screenshot in case it helps anyone else since I was struggling to figure out how to get the right dialog box to pop up.Capture.JPG

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In your layers panel double click on each layer and in the Layers Options dialog you’ll see make sure that “Print” is checked. If you see template checked uncheck it and check Print. Then try making your pdf again using Save as pdf.

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Hey cut it out Bill! Great minds think alike.

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Sep 08, 2017 Sep 08, 2017

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Wow, thank you so much! Problem solved!

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Sep 08, 2017 Sep 08, 2017

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Happy to help.

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Apr 26, 2018 Apr 26, 2018

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Thank you! Very helpful!

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Thank you

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This worked for me. I had to click on the main layer, not the sublayers. I included a screenshot in case it helps anyone else since I was struggling to figure out how to get the right dialog box to pop up.Capture.JPG

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Can we see a screenshot of the Layers panel? Are you opening the PDF in Acrobat Pro (DC) or in Illustrator?

If you're not opening it in Illustrator, give it a try to see if your design is still there. Please let up know

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 02, 2017 Aug 02, 2017

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Hi!

I save as PDF and they show normally. No need to group layers or anything. You have to have only "eye" tool open with every layer you want to show as your PDF.

Go yo your file and right click, choose Adobe Acrobat option and you can see it. You can always open PDFs with other programs too.

If you are doing a business card, you should add bleeds too before you save the file as PDF.  I prefer InDesign for making business cards. You can place vector graphics and other stuff there too.

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Hey, folks, I'm having the same problem, only I'm working in Illustrator CC 2019.  I've checked and double-checked all of my layers to make sure that I have "print" selected.  Still coming up with a blank pdf.  Note:  I'm working with a vehicle wrap template, specifically a 2011 Ford E-Series Van.

EDIT:  Going back, I saved the file as a .pdf again, only this time, I set the Adobe PDF Preset to "Press Quality".  That seemed to solve the problem.

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I love you!

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thank you 🙂

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May 17, 2022 May 17, 2022

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Had the same problem using Illustrator 2022 Mac. Tried all the settings and nothing. Finally saved as a copy for PDF and it worked this time. Unbelievable and unacceptable that this is still an issue from 2017. 

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Sep 19, 2022 Sep 19, 2022

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The only way that I was able to get it to work was when I selected "Print" and then set the printer to "Adobe PDF".

 

Never have this issue. For this project I used "Transform" to create a Step and Repeat banner of a pdf file. Something may be connected to that -- but I tried all of the above approaches and none of the above worked. This added 30 minutes to a relatively easy job.

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Sep 20, 2022 Sep 20, 2022

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Never have this issue. For this project I used "Transform" to create a Step and Repeat banner of a pdf file.


By @Ryan 2535

 

Can you perhaps tell us some details of this? Did you use it to create a block shadow?

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Sep 20, 2022 Sep 20, 2022

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I used “transform each” to shift and repeat a placed pdf to create a photo
booth backdrop. So it repeated the logo/image several times.--
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Sep 20, 2022 Sep 20, 2022

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OK, thanks.

My guess was about the file getting too complex by having thousands of paths in it.

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That was so helpful! Thanks.

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It seems to be an internal problem with Adobe Illustrator. I found that problem after leatest update of AI. Nothing works for me.

I've just uninstalled Illustrator and installed it again. Annoying problem has gone.

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