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Which version and system is it?
Where do you save files?
What's in your files?
At which point do you save files? Directly after drawing the first elements?
I use the adobe illustrator cc 2019
I save my files on my local disc D (also the place I choose my 'failed auto save' to go to).
My illustration design
I tried to save my work every time it looks like it has changed a significant amount, but every time I tried to, it crashes the app and I'm basically unable to save my work. The only file that's not gone is the first version of my work (where I saved it after like 5 minutes of work).
Exactly what is "your illustration design"? What's in it? What kind of objects do you draw?
Do you use third party plugins?
Do you have a printer connected?
Which options do you use when saving files?
Is there enough space left on your disk?
Is there text in your artwork?
I don't really know how to describe it, i guess graphic design? it contains pictures, drawings, and texts.
What's a third party plugin?
And I don't have my printer connected when I work. I would assume that you meant physically cable to port connected.
The 'Save' one, but it kept leading me to files as if i choose the 'Save as' one even tho i already saved my file once
Yes I have over 460gb on my disc D
Yes there are many texts in my artwork
I'm only interested in the Illustrator functions you used. So it might matter when you used blends a lot, or placed images, or brushes, stuff like that.
Since there is text in your file: did you check all your fonts for corruption?
Also: do you use a font management tool such as Suitcase?
Can you also try and uncheck the option "Save in background" in the preferences.
Ans also please try and connect a printer. If you don't have one, set up a PDF printer. If you have a printer, turn it on. Set it up as the default printer. Illustrator looks for a printer when saving a file. If it can't find one, it tends to act up.