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.

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Adobe Community Professional , 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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New Here , 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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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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Happy to help.

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Thank you! Very helpful!

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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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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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May 28, 2019 May 28, 2019

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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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thank you 🙂

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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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