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why does Illustrator slice my files to un-editable sections?


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Post Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:46 am

why does Illustrator slice my files to un-editable sections?

Hi - Anyone out there able to tell me why Illustrator (9) randomly (and seemingly without warning) decides to slice your file up into un-editable sections from time to time.
I have used Illustrator for years (I tend to use version 9 because CS used to cause problems with my RIP) and because this tends not to happen too often I just haven't been bothered trying to find out what causes it.

I have looked in the help but no clues there.

Its very frustrating if you have spent hours on a design only to find all your text, graphics and placed files chopped up into bits (ESPECIALLY when you haven't finished).

The feeling I get is that it seems to flatten the file when saving it - it could be a memory thing or a setting that I am missing but I would appreciate it if any of you could throw some light onto this.

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Post Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:54 pm

When you are saving your Illustrator files are you saving to a lower version of Illustrator then what you have? Because that could be the problem.

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Post Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:11 pm

Hi Col,

As Jaclyn says, if you save to an earlier version of Illustrator, when you re-open the file it can split up any line of text into lots of annoying sections, even down to individual letters.

Not sure whether that's your problem though because I only get that happen on text - never on graphics, or even text once it is outlined.

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Post Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:54 pm

I also have that sometimes, I just weld all the sections and the line disappears and forms a complete contour again.

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