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Community Beginner ,
Feb 20, 2024 Feb 20, 2024

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I'm new to Illustrator so I'm taking a Skillshare class to learn.  In the class he is asking for us to save projects and then at later times reopen those projects to change/add to them.  The problem I'm having is that when I save a project and then reopen and try to make any changes, even if it's just selecting the art work portion, it won't let me.  It drag the background with it and won't let me select just the art work. I've tried unlocking all layers so I don't believe that's what the problem is.  I think it's probably a really simple answer or something I'm doing wrong when I save proects.  Can anyone help?

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Feb 20, 2024 Feb 20, 2024

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Looks like saving does not really work.

What kind of file format do you save?

Where do you save? To your internal harddisk?

If "Save in background" turned off in the preferences > File handling? If not, please turn it off.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 20, 2024 Feb 20, 2024

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I've been "saving as" to the cloud and my desktop and also "exporting as" both in PNG.  In the class he suggested the webp but when I try to save in that format it won't open at all.  It does appear to be saving in those places as I can open them up.  I just can't edit anything. I don't even see an option where it says "save in background" eeek.  

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 20, 2024 Feb 20, 2024

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Actually I did just find the "save in background".  I should make sure it's off correct?  I attached a screenshot.Screenshot 2024-02-20 at 7.26.18 PM.png

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Feb 21, 2024 Feb 21, 2024

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Yes. Turn Save in background off.

 

In order to have an editable file, you need to save as .AI (Adobe Illustrator). Everything else is not suitable for editing.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 21, 2024 Feb 21, 2024

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Thank you. I'll try that.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 21, 2024 Feb 21, 2024

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Can I ask one last question? So, if I still want to work on a project I should NOT export it but instead just save to ai? And only export it when I'm completed? 

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Feb 21, 2024 Feb 21, 2024

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You can export it while you work at it, but always keep the AI file and only use the AI file for editing. Until you are done in AI and maybe need to switch to another app, because Illustrator cannot do that step.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 21, 2024 Feb 21, 2024

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Thank you so much!

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Feb 21, 2024 Feb 21, 2024

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You're welcome. 

Saving the right thing is so important.

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