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Missing Illustrator Layers After Exporting the PDF

New Here ,
Oct 18, 2021 Oct 18, 2021

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When I save a PDF from Illustrator, some of the layers are missing in the PDF. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  • I'm working on a MacBook Pro running Catalina 10.15.7
  • Illustrator 2021 (25.4.1)

 

This is what my Illustrator file looks like:

Screen Shot 2021-10-18 at 11.31.24 AM.png

 

This is what the pdf file looks like:

Screen Shot 2021-10-18 at 11.32.12 AM.png

 

This is what Finder shows me when previewing the pdf:

Screen Shot 2021-10-18 at 11.35.09 AM.png

I've been wondering whether the issue is whith Illustrator or Acrobat but can't find a solution either way.

 

I've saved the pdf with the "Preserves Illustrator Editing Capabilities" and "Create Acrobat Layers from Top-Level layers" options both turned on and turned off whithout any noticable differences.

 

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Oct 18, 2021 Oct 18, 2021

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Is the Blue set to Overprint? And what is the preference setting in Acrobat for Overprrint?

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Thanks for your help.

The Overprint Fill is not selected in Illustrator. This is what Overprint Preview looks like:

Screen Shot 2021-10-18 at 12.45.50 PM.png

 

In Acrobat, the Overprint Preview is set to Always:

Screen Shot 2021-10-18 at 12.51.40 PM.png

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Can you show the Layers panel in Acrobat?

 

Can you perhaps even share the original Illustrator file (.ai)?

 

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Here are the layers in Acrobat:

Screen Shot 2021-10-18 at 1.04.47 PM.png

 

I am unable to upload the .ai file. I'm getting the error "The attachment's binaryposter-36x24.ai content type (application/postscript) does not match its file extension and has been removed." 

It's an Illustrator file and I can open it in Illustrator. Not sure why I'm getting the error.

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I tried uploading two other Illustrator files but those too were removed

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You will need to upload the file to something like Dropbox, Google Drive or the Creative Cloud and share a link here.

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Thanks for the tip Larry! I was able to upload and provide a link to my file.

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Looks fine for me. Ignored missing links, changed the missing font, but after that just saved as pdf with the default settings.

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