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Illustrator not exporting gradients when exporting to PDF

Community Beginner ,
Oct 27, 2022 Oct 27, 2022

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I just updated to Adobe Illustrator 2023, and when you use the freeform gradient tool and export your files as a PDF, whatever you have set as a freeform gradient disappears.

 

I either need a fix to this ASAP or a way to roll back to the previous version of Ai because I'm working with a brand that uses freeform gradients in a TON of their materials, and PDFs are one of the main filetype resources we use. 

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Oct 27, 2022 Oct 27, 2022

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What are you using to view these PDFs? Do they work in Acrobat?

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 27, 2022 Oct 27, 2022

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I've tried Acrobat, Preview, and just the basic files previewer on my iPad, and the graphics don't show up on any of them for some reason.  

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Community Expert ,
Oct 27, 2022 Oct 27, 2022

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Please create a new file

Put your gradient object into it

Export as a PDF

Check the file

Does it show in Acrobat? (Forget all that Apple crap. It cannot be trusted with PDFs)

If not, please upload that PDF here.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 27, 2022 Oct 27, 2022

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Well, a couple of things here:

 

1. Every time after updating to the newest 2023 versions of all the Adobe apps, including Acrobat, Acrobat freezes and has to be forced quit every time I try to open a file in it. From the initial preview load I can see in Acrobat the freeform gradients arent showing up.

 

2. I can't really forget Apple in favor of Acrobat because the company I work for has a lot of employees that work here, and the majority of them are using Apple laptops, so I need to make sure they can review brand assets and designs as PDFs.

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Community Expert ,
Oct 27, 2022 Oct 27, 2022

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There are a number of things AI PDFs can contain that don't work properly in Apple's Preview, Freeform Gradients being one of them.

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Oct 27, 2022 Oct 27, 2022

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quote

 

2. I can't really forget Apple in favor of Acrobat because the company I work for has a lot of employees that work here, and the majority of them are using Apple laptops, so I need to make sure they can review brand assets and designs as PDFs.


By @defaulthqsnsupqvzb7

 

Apple does not care.

Simple as that.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 27, 2022 Oct 27, 2022

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UPDATE: My Mac updated to the newest version of iOS yesterday evening, and I believe that's part of what's causing the viewing issue. I'm not sure if this is an Apple bug or an Adobe bug tho.

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New Here ,
Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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Hi, i just updated to Ventura and i'm facing the same issue. My company invoice banner has a freeform gradient that isnt showing up either. I need to invoice a client asap, and i need to find a way around this. How can it be done? Any updates, etc? It shows up in adobe acrobat, not in preview. However when i sent it as a trial to a friend on whatsapp via the desktop app, the gradient showed up. On the phone in the whatsapp app it doesnt. This discrepancy is highly frustrating. 

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Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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You could try to select the object that contains the gradient and use Object > Rasterize...

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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That's what I've been doing as well. Object > Rasterize > 300 dpi > Background -Transparent. It's not the best, but it gets you where you need to go, at least. 

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New Here ,
Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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Since it was a one page thing, i just temporarily exported it as a png, and then saved that as a pdf. This is highly annoying thing to do though and idk if everyone is experiencing this, or apple silicone users, or just a select few. 

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Community Expert ,
Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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I don't have the problem, but I am still using Catalina.

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Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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I still have High Sierra installed. Freeform gradients seem to work in Preview version 10. I guess Apple broke something in a later update.

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New Here ,
Feb 04, 2024 Feb 04, 2024

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I was having this same problem while working on a school project (I also have a newer MacBook), and that trick fixed my missing gradient issue, and I did not see any loss of quality. Thanks!!!!!!!! 

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 03, 2023 Jan 03, 2023

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I'm having the same problem. Ever since upgrading my M1 MacBook Pro to MacOS Ventura, Freeform gradients are not visible in QuickLook Previews or the Preview app. The data is still there and can be seen in Acrobat or Illustrator. This is definitely an issue with MacOS as this problem is present in old files with Freeform Gradients as well. Very frustrating. 

 

As I continue to hunt for a fix, I'm going to be looking at what has changed with Preview that prevents freeform gradients from rendering. 

In the meantime, seems like Effect > [Illustrator Effects] Rasterize... is the best bet for keeping the gradient editable and preserving its appearance in the default programs. 

I've attached a sample file as an AI, PDF, and exported as a PNG. Then a screenshot of the preview as it appears in Finder.

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Explorer ,
Jan 18, 2023 Jan 18, 2023

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I'm having the same issue with Ventura 13.1 on an M1 Macbook Pro. Freeform gradients do not show up in Apple Preview but do show up in Acrobat Pro for the same file. Fortunately, in this case, the Freeform Gradient I built was a simple gradient that I was able to convert to a Linear Gradient. Once I converted the gradient to Linear, with the same color stops, the gradient appears just fine in Apple Preview. One may assume this is an issue on Apple's end, however, my experience with Adobe is that it's an Adobe issue. I suspect there's a bug in the Freeform Gradient that prevents the PDF render engine from displaying it properly. One might say, "just use Acrobat and not Preview" but that's not an option for Mac-based clients (I don't know if this is an issue with Windows.) Or worse, what about when the rush Freeform Gradient project you sent to the printer comes back with a proof with colors completely missing and your deadline is at risk of being blown.

 

Adobe, can you look into this?

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Community Expert ,
Jan 18, 2023 Jan 18, 2023

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@cesaralopez  schrieb:

my experience with Adobe is that it's an Adobe issue. I suspect there's a bug in the Freeform Gradient that prevents the PDF render engine from displaying it properly.


 

Preview doesn't support several stuff that should be part of the PDF render engine. It simply cannot be trusted with anything. 

People need to install the Adobe PDF reader. It's free and therefore a viable option for Apple as well as Windows users.

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Jan 19, 2023 Jan 19, 2023

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I suspect it's an Apple issue mainly because freeform gradients work in older versions of Preview.

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Explorer ,
Jan 19, 2023 Jan 19, 2023

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Good insight @Doug A Roberts . When viewing a PDF with a Freeform Gradient element in an earlier of Preview, build 1018.62, in this case, the gradient renders correctly. However, viewing the same file in the latest Preview, build 1043, does not render the Freeform gradient in a PDF. I'll submit a bug fix with Apple. Hopefully, this issue can get resolved once Apple and Adobe get connected on it.

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Apr 21, 2023 Apr 21, 2023

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Same issue. I'm using an ASUS laptop. After I exported the PDF, I used both Microsoft Edge and Adobe Acrobat to check my file, the gradient IS here. But then, I checked my PDF file with my iPhone, the gradient is MISSING. It is quite frustrating. 

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Apr 22, 2023 Apr 22, 2023

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You do not "check" a PDF with your iPhone. When Prepress is concerned, the iPhone is a toy. 

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New Here ,
Apr 24, 2023 Apr 24, 2023

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I sent my artwork in PDF format to my clients who are also my friends via WhatsApp. That's how I found the issue. 

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Community Expert ,
Apr 24, 2023 Apr 24, 2023

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Please complain to Apple or Whatsapp since it's an issue with their software. And instruct your friends on how to download stuff in order to view it correctly. If you don't want to do that, only thing is you can send them a pixel image.

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Apr 22, 2023 Apr 22, 2023

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I would complain to Apple, they wrote their viewer.

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