Aloha amazing team, I was hoping to get some illustrator advice.
I have noticed that randomly when I save an SVG, the saved file when re-opened does not match what I had initially saved, and the image gets extra artifacts, and looks like a poorly traced image instead of what I actually saved.
Example: This was a crisp font, and perfect logo, now it looks like it is a photocopy of a fax. (this is actually a pretty mild one, I have had some pretty crazy ones)
Save As and Export are different in AI. I think the main thing to watch out for is the
decimal places (rounding). A decimal place of one will make a smaller file , but less accurate. I fond that three places is good enough for the Glowforge.
For what it is worth when I bring an svg into Inkscape I do a union all by itself to clean up glitches in the file and usually have to redo the outline color after that. that may not be relevant to your problem but worth checking.
I agree with checking the settings but wanted to also just say - I would keep your original somewhere safe, and in .ai format just to make sure the original doesn’t get messed up. And always start from that one.
You are probably already doing this, but figured it’s worth mentioning.
I don’t have mine converting to outline when I save it, though. It sounds like that might be better - because occasionally I forget to convert that before I upload it.
Is there a save file macro that will save it to say PDF without me prompting it each time. Trying to decreased the amount of copies of files I keep, ai v.s. pdf, vs svg. it has been svg all along until recently with these annoying glitches.
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What I do, for what it’s worth, is to save as an Illustrator file right away, and then whenever I hit cmd-S, it’s just going to save again without prompting. When I’m ready to send it to the Glowforge, I use copy and paste (when that’s not broken), otherwise I go for the semi-obscure “Save a Copy” option. It’s only a couple of clicks to change to SVG, but the advantage is it doesn’t remember the name or file type, so as I continue to work, it keeps saving in the original AI file. If you just use “Save As”, then any future saves are going to default to the SVG instead of the original.
Yeah. If I’m saving incremental changes for any reason, I try to add something to the name to indicate what stage the design is in. That is just to save myself from rework if something goes wrong, I can pick back up at the last point before things went wrong. Then when I’m done I go back and delete the other copies. (YES - if you don’t do that part, you’ll end up with many files lol)