Illustrator 2020 Can't finish preview

Community Beginner ,
Jun 24, 2020 Jun 24, 2020

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Hello all. I have a Macbook and a desktop Mac. When trying to apply a gradient, my file suddenly turned to outline mode. When I try to change it back, it says "Can't Finish Preview". I've tried opening the file on both of my computers to no avail. I've also restarted Ilustrator and my computers. This is for work so the sooner this is solved, the better.

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Community Beginner , Jun 24, 2020 Jun 24, 2020
It seems like the issue was the gradient itself. I deleted the last few posts I was working on and now I'm able to see everything else. So the underlying issue still isn't solved but I may have found a workaround that'll do for now. I hope Adobe fixes this problem soon! I came across many others who are having this issue without any solutions. Thanks for your help, Doug_A_Roberts!

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Jun 24, 2020 Jun 24, 2020

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I've also tried resetting my preferences, which also has not helped. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 24, 2020 Jun 24, 2020

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Is this a single specific file, or all files?

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 24, 2020 Jun 24, 2020

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Just this one file!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 24, 2020 Jun 24, 2020

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What kind of object is it?

 

Does it work if you copy the object to a new file?

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 24, 2020 Jun 24, 2020

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It's a social media calendar for a client. I was adding a gradient over an image to make the text more readable. I tried copying my work to a new file and am still having the same issue. I've attached a screenshot!Screen Shot 2020-06-24 at 10.20.13 AM.pngScreen Shot 2020-06-24 at 10.33.08 AM.png

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Jun 24, 2020 Jun 24, 2020

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It seems like the issue was the gradient itself. I deleted the last few posts I was working on and now I'm able to see everything else. So the underlying issue still isn't solved but I may have found a workaround that'll do for now. I hope Adobe fixes this problem soon! I came across many others who are having this issue without any solutions. Thanks for your help, Doug_A_Roberts!

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Explorer ,
Dec 13, 2020 Dec 13, 2020

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Same problem here and I am not so sure this is corect (despite the fact its showing as the answer but not for me) because I am NOT using blends or the gradient tool and im locked in Preview. I am on macbook pro with Catalina but illustrator on main monitor stuck in preview mode.. I click back in Illustrator (all typical mac issues and im locked out of mu file)..Im thinking of just force quitting as I have it in the cloud..... I hope it saved though!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 24, 2020 Jun 24, 2020

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What object are you applying the gradient to?

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Jun 24, 2020 Jun 24, 2020

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It's a rectangle shape that I'm putting over an image!

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New Here ,
Jun 25, 2020 Jun 25, 2020

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same problem. i am running 24.1.3 on OS Mojave 10.14.6 - complex file with DCS images can not render preview. switches to outline 😞

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New Here ,
Jul 01, 2020 Jul 01, 2020

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Same problem here. I have a Macbook pro 2019 (almost exactly 1 year old) running Catalina. Got the "Can't Finish Preview" when trying to add a stroke to text outlines. I use illustrator every day and haven't had this problem before, and the operation I was trying to do is relatively simple. No other programs are open on my computer. Recently upgraded to newest illustrator 2020 version.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 02, 2020 Jul 02, 2020

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So your issue is not with gradients?

Please create a new thread.

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New Here ,
Sep 02, 2020 Sep 02, 2020

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Hi Laraeh, Has your problem been solved? Please provide me with the method if you skip it. and Thank you.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 03, 2020 Sep 03, 2020

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I found that finding and deleting the problem shape, normally whatever I was working on when I got the error message, got rid of the problem

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Explorer ,
Feb 16, 2021 Feb 16, 2021

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This memory problem needs to be fixed. Illustrator 25.1 gets a message when doing simple stuff as well. I have a computer with 32GB of memory and an NVidia 3090 graphics card. Why does Illustrator say it is running out of memory? I even set the scratch disk to an M.2 NVMe drive (512GB 3500 read speed) without anything else on it. The start up screen has rounded edges with transparency but it turns white when starting up as well. The rounded bits. Please do something Adobe.

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Explorer ,
Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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Another shot but black.

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Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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Please embed images in posts, don't attach them, thank you.

 

Also: exactly what kind of artwork is it? Does it also happen with a very simple file?

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