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Unable to export Artboards as SVG

The AI does export to SVG. I have used this constantly in the previous version, but the new version will not save the image in SVG format using the Export for Screens option.

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We have the fix available in the latest release. Please update Illustrator using Adobe Creative Cloud application to the latest build for version Illustrator CC 22.1.
Please refer to our knowledge base FAQhttps://illustrator.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1844590 if you face difficulty in update.
Or get in touch with us at any of the other support channels – https://helpx.adobe.com/support.html

Warm Regards,
Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
Adobe. Make It an Experience.


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  • Phil commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Same problem. I can export as an SVG but it refuses to recognise any artboard boundaries and always exports the entire document. Immensely frustrating.

  • Jake commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's pretty hard to argue with people that they should not be migrating to Sketch because Adobe is going to do a better job when you guys are blowing it on basic features. I don't know the tech behind writing svg output but it's a basic feature...much more so than say writing a PDF which is sort of complicated.

    I'm a web design and developer and I do expect more! I'm sort of impressed with XD, but I need all these apps to work like the video production tools which allow me to bounce assets back and forth and export in virtually any format imaginable.

    I vote for no more stupid phone editing and get to work on the real tools!

  • Mikael commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This doesn't work. Exporting for SVG makes Illustrator CC crash, no matter how you open or choose to save it.

    Workaround: I use Sketch instead.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I tried every workaround - but i dont get any proper svg out of illustrator. The svgs are showing up now, but they are totaly messy, far away from usable. They have to be finished since yesterday - any solutions?

  • Sheldon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The only thing that worked for me was to reset Illustrator Preferences by starting it with cmd+opt+shift.

  • Sheldon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This workaround doesn't fix it for me, even after full reboot. Running MacOS Sierra.

  • Hitesh Sharma commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Philip,
    Thanks for sharing the concern,
    Could you please tell us, if you are launching Illustrator through document (double click or with open with options).

    Please help us in providing the steps you are taking to reproduce this issue.


  • WildWilly commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I like the subfolders, but that is not the problem. Whether the artboards are exported to the subfolders or to the original folders, the SVG image either is not exported or it lacks certain components.

  • WildWilly commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have followed your directions, but it still doesn't work. The SVG image is lacking details that are in the original and PNG, or it does not export at all. When it does export, the SVG image lacks some components that are present in the original image and that also exported correctly as the PNG image.

    For instance, in one AI file, the PNG image shows correctly. The SVG file is lacking a curve, and the shading for it. What I did with the curve is to draw it, and then copy it by pressing Control + F, so that I can reduce the opacity on the area but not on the stroke. BTW, it would be nice if the opacity can be set separately for the stroke and for the fill.

    Because the SVG export is not working properly, I have reverted to the previous edition. I do like some of the new features that you have, including remembering which artboards I was exporting. Another nice feature would be to export only those artboards that have artwork on them and to set the folder being used for each export for each file, so that I can export to the same folder used previously for that file, rather than the last folder that I used for the program. This would greatly increase my productivity.

    I would like to point out that Microsoft has recently updated Windows 10 to the Fall Creator Update. I am sure that that is not the problem, since I'd had this problem before the update, and the previous version works correctly under the new edition of Windows 10, but I thought I would point that out to you, as it may affect other bugs that are being reported.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The above workaround is a bit ambiguous.

    A relaunch did not seem to fix the problem for me with respect to the Export for Screens method. However, File --> Save As..., does work with the SVG format, including “Use Artboards”.

    It remains unclear whether the relaunch changes anything.

  • Philip commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is not an idea but a bug issue... i can't export svg for screens with the updated version of illustrator CC2018...
    Why not?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Same issue here, tried every **** way of exporting to SVG, it thinks it has exported but there is nothing in the directory.

  • Andrew Cahill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Same issue here. If I open illustrator via double clicking a file i cannot export as svg, however if I open illustrator empty first, then open the file, the export as function works.

  • jfporchez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have the same problem, can't export SVG from last version of AI 2018. Same file export as png, but not SVG. Same file export well as SVG on AI 2017.

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