Items missing from PDF when exporting from Illustrator

Community Beginner ,
Nov 03, 2020 Nov 03, 2020

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Hello,

 

I have created several documents in illustrator, with several art boards and several different items on each art board.

When I export these as a PDF to be able to send across on email or to print out, some of the artwork from each art board is missing. Yet when I open the AI document in illustrator, all of the elements are there.

I've never experienced this before where exporting as PDF from illustrator.

I am using illustrator 2020 & the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

 

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Many thanks.

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 03, 2020 Nov 03, 2020
Start by inspecting your layers panel. You may have set your objects to be non-printable, which may affect how they are transferred to PDF. Otherwise the usual applies: Blending mode trickery, transparencies, knockouts, complex constructs may not transfer if the PDF preset you are using does not support them and/ or you are not allowing this stuff to be flattened as pixel data. similarly, some stuff may need to be expanded/ flattened manually before the export. just check these things. Myleniu...

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 09, 2020 Nov 09, 2020
You probably made the file too complex by using image based pattern swatches that were scaled a lot, resulting in an enormous amount of images. Look at the golden patterns (like New Pattern Swatch 76) try to do a select > similar > fill and replace by a flat color (or a gradient).

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Start by inspecting your layers panel. You may have set your objects to be non-printable, which may affect how they are transferred to PDF. Otherwise the usual applies: Blending mode trickery, transparencies, knockouts, complex constructs may not transfer if the PDF preset you are using does not support them and/ or you are not allowing this stuff to be flattened as pixel data. similarly, some stuff may need to be expanded/ flattened manually before the export. just check these things.

 

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Thank you so much for your reply and advice @Mylenium it is much appreciated. Sadly I have not made much progress after going thorugh and checking your suggestions. For some reason as well, when I Flatten Artwork (on layers) Illustrator just does nothing. My files are very large, and I'm wondering whether this has something to do with it. I'm just dreadin the thought of having to start again after doing so much work!
I posted on another forum and another user suggested postin a link to my docs. Here is a DropBox link if you're interested to take a look yourself. But no worries if not! 
Thanks again for your suggestions!
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yr4q6rxl5ujbmts/AACIdhMG4hooiYFQvvGGJCgEa?dl=0

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You probably made the file too complex by using image based pattern swatches that were scaled a lot, resulting in an enormous amount of images.

Look at the golden patterns (like New Pattern Swatch 76) try to do a select > similar > fill and replace by a flat color (or a gradient).

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On the right, a single pattern tile, used in logo text, shown at 100% in the middle.

On the left a zoomed view of the text filled with the enormously scaled pattern.

image pattern zoomed.png

 

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Hello,

 

I've already posted on this - but very new to this community and not sure how to edit my original post - so I thought best to start again!

I have created several documents in illustrator (2020 version), with multiple artboards and artwork. Some of the artwork is copy and pasted from other illustrator documents (Also Illustrator 2020). When I come to save the files as PDF to either print or share, some of the artwork is missing.

 

I've tried checking that objects aren't non-printable and tried also flattening the documents (through layers - flatten artworj)... but Illustrator doesn't seem to want to do this. One user suggested posting a link to the work I'm having issues with (hence the reason I am reposting). I'm just dreadling the thought of having to redo all this work!

My knowledge is fairly basic when it comes to this sort of stuff, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Here's the DropBox link:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yr4q6rxl5ujbmts/AACIdhMG4hooiYFQvvGGJCgEa?dl=0

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Please post a link toyour old thread. And also: please don't create a new thread for the same issue.

You cannot edit your own posts. It's not possible, so please just stay in your old thread when your post is an answer to it.

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