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An error occurred while saving the commentArtseep commented
Have had this same problem too. The extra problem is we did not have access to the original InDesign file (was only supplied a PDF and we needed to add more bleed for a wrap-mounted project. If I was more adept in Enfocus PitStop it would have been simple).
The solution was to re-export the PDF to EPS from within Acrobat Pro:
> Export To
> Encapsulated PostScript
Then, opening the EPS into Illustrator, the gradient was retained.
Trying to understand this further, I did do an experiment replicating Olivier’s comment (Olivier commented · September 9, 2019 10:36 PM) and found this to be true.
Another aspect I wanted to check was font usage. If the font embedded in the PDF is not a font one has installed or has access to, what happens? (I usually use Acrobat Pro’s > Print Production > Flattener Preview function by adding transparency objects to a PDF (if it doesn’t already have it) then clicking on the “Convert All Text to Outlines” box within this window).
After exporting the InDesign file to PDF, then deactivating the font, then exporting to EPS within Acrobat Pro, the text was outlined when opening in Illustrator (and the gradient was retained).
Hoping this might help.