Paths with light effects are solid black

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Jan 01, 2022 Jan 01, 2022

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I'm completely new with Illustrator.
I bought some EPS vector graphics files like this on iStock.

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When I try to export them to PNG I get this.

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I'm running the latest Illustrator on an old MacBook Pro.

I have searched high and low for an answer but found none.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 01, 2022 Jan 01, 2022
Please watch my youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tiqm5hdQA5A It explains how these files are built and why they look like that and don't work without a background.

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Jan 01, 2022 Jan 01, 2022

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Please watch my youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tiqm5hdQA5A

 

It explains how these files are built and why they look like that and don't work without a background.

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Thank you very much, this explains a lot! 
Quite irritating though that they won't move to modern file formats.
So whatever graphics/images I want to apply these glows to, I must import them into illustrator and use instead of the checkered background, right?
At least there's a solution then even if it's kinda cumbersome. 🙂 

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Those files will only work in Illustrator.

And you will have to place the background artwork behind the lights inside Illustrator.

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Jan 02, 2022 Jan 02, 2022

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In order to not confuse other newbies who might be reading this thread...
From Illustrator you can then export the results with the added light/glow effects as PNG for example.
You just have to take that editing to Illustrator instead of doing it in Photoshop or whatever your app of choice is. 🙂

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