Mở file .ai

A simple explanation of what an AI tệp tin is & how khổng lồ open an AI file even if you don"t have Adobe Illustrator.

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Graphic designers commonly work with vector images. The files are small, yet the images themselves are infinitely resizable. They"re perfect for drawings, & especially for things like logos and icons.

The AI file is the most comtháng type of vector image. It"s a proprietary Adobe Illustrator format, so it can be tricky to open AI files if you don"t have Illustrator. How you do it depends on what you want to vị with it.

Put simply, it"s easy to open an AI tệp tin just to view, but editing it is less straightforward. In this article, we take a look at both scenarios...

How khổng lồ mở cửa AI Files Without Illustrator

If you have sầu an AI file you need to lớn view but not edit, there are lots of programs that can bởi vì it.

The mặc định save sầu settings for AI files in Illustrator mean that the files are saved with PDF content embedded. This means you can view them in most apps that support PDF viewing.

In Windows, you need lớn change the AI tệp tin extension to PDF. Highlight the tệp tin and hit F2 on your keyboard. Add PDF to lớn the kết thúc of the filename and confirm the change when prompted. Now, double-cliông xã the tệp tin & it will open in your default PDF viewer. On a Mac, you can view AI files in Preview without any changes. You can also upload AI files to lớn Google Drive and view them there.

If you want khổng lồ add the file khổng lồ a larger collection of artwork & have a way to browse through it easily, try Adobe Bridge. This is one of the best free Adobe apps, & lets you open và view Illustrator files.

In all these instances, you"ll be looking at a flat, uneditable image.

Open AI Files in Photocửa hàng or GIMP

Should you need khổng lồ incorporate an AI image into a larger piece of artwork without editing it directly, you can vày so using Photoshop or its không lấy phí equivalent, GIMPhường.

When you open the image in these apps, it is imported as a PDF. You"ll see an Import dialog box, và you can normally accept the mặc định suggestions.

Import AI files as PDF with the correct settings
The main thing to remember is lớn import the image at a large kích thước. You"ll thất bại the benefits of vector graphics when importing, so it"s better to import a large image và shrink it down than it is to lớn import a small image and enlarge it.

When you"re done, you can copy & paste the image onkhổng lồ its own layer in another piece of artwork or add additional layers to lớn this file. You"ll have lớn save sầu it in a different format afterward.

If none of the above options work, try changing the tệp tin extension to lớn EPS (another vector image format) khổng lồ see if that helps. If not, you"ll need to convert the image to a different format. We"ll look at that next.

How khổng lồ Edit AI Files Without Illustrator

When you download an Illustrator template or get sent an AI file that you need khổng lồ edit, things get trickier. There aren"t many mainstream apps that can edit AI files natively; you normally have sầu to convert it to a different format first.

Convert AI to SVG or EPS Online

If you are going khổng lồ convert the file yourself, you should convert it to lớn SVG. This is an open format with wide tư vấn, although it"s designed primarily for website use. If you"re working in print, try EPS instead.

convert ai to lớn svg
Click Select File & choose the file from your hard drive. Next, click Convert to và choose either SVG, EPS, or WMF listed under Vector. If you"ve got text in your image, click the wrench ibé & mix Text To Path lớn Yes. This will make your fonts look more accurate, although the text will no longer be directly editable. Select Convert and wait. When it"s done, click Download lớn save your newly converted file.

Problems With Editing Converted AI Files

Whenever you try to lớn edit AI files without Illustrator, there are a few potential problems you need khổng lồ be aware of.

Conversions are not always 100 percent accurate.

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This is especially true when the original file used features or effects unique khổng lồ Illustrator. You"ll often chiến bại layer information. This can make complex files difficult lớn navigate since all the elements will no longer be labeled. You often cannot save or export your edited tệp tin in the AI format (và Illustrator can"t read the proprietary format of your editing app either). Save sầu in a format like SVG or EPS for widest compatibility.

Whether or not you need to lớn convert your file first depends on what software you"re using. Here are the best apps for editing AI files.

Gravit Designer

Gravit Designer is a great Illustrator alternative sầu. It"s a cloud-based ứng dụng that runs on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS, or directly in your browser so you can open và edit AI files online.

To work with AI files, you need to convert them to lớn the SVG format first, as outlined above. Once that"s done, simply drag the tệp tin inkhổng lồ the Gravit Designer window lớn open it.

gravit designer
As is often the case, all parts of the image are grouped inlớn a single layer, but they can be edited individually.

The app has a very modern và user-friendly interface. Although there"s plenty of power beneath the hood, it makes working with vector art very accessible. It"s especially good for things lượt thích logos, icons, and symbols, and you can unloông chồng more features via an annual subscription.


The most well-known không tính tiền Illustrator alternative sầu is the open-source Inkscape. It"s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

You can open AI files directly in Inkscape. It doesn"t support drag-and-drop, so you need khổng lồ go to File > Open & then select the document from your hard drive sầu.

The file is then imported as a PDF. Like Photocửa hàng, you have sầu lớn click through some Import settings first—you can accept the defaults here—but unlike Photocửa hàng, the resulting image is fully editable.

Inkscape can import AI files
All the parts of the image are grouped together. The easiest way to lớn select a specific element is lớn hit F2 to activate the "Edit nodes" tool, then hover over the image until the part you want is highlighted. Then, cliông chồng to lớn select it.

You can"t save edited images in the AI format. SVG & EPS are supported as alternatives.

Download: Inkscape (Free)

Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer is a commercial graphic thiết kế package available for Windows & Mac. We rate it as the best Adobe Illustrator alternative. It"s aimed at the same pro users, but is subscription-free—it"ll cost you less than three months of an equivalent Adobe sub.

The program can open AI files as long as they have been saved with PDF content (the default in Illustrator). This means you thua kém the layer information, as usual, và cannot save the tệp tin in its original format.

If you want to be able khổng lồ open your edited image in Illustrator again, you need lớn save sầu it in PDF, SVG, or EPS format.

Affinity Designer is a powerful và popular piece of software with an impressive feature menu. It could be a good option for anyone looking to lớn transition away from Illustrator.

CorelDRAW Standard

CorelDRAW Standard is a professional graphic design program for Windows. It"s designed for graphics enthusiasts, và is quite pricey, although still works out cheaper than an Illustrator subscription in the long run, while offering full AI tư vấn.

You need to import your AI files by going lớn File > Import, then clicking through the Import settings (which you"ll only see for the PDF-based files).

The main option khổng lồ consider here is whether khổng lồ have sầu the text rendered as text (which makes it editable but may chiến bại some effects), or as curves. This will be a more accurate conversion, but the text won"t be editable.

When you have sầu finished editing the Illustrator file, you can export it baông xã to the AI format. However, if you"ve sầu used any features unique to lớn CorelDRAW, these won"t be supported in Illustrator.

Corel also makes Paint Shop Pro, the Photoshop alternative. This ứng dụng can open and save sầu AI files natively, but is generally less suitable for vector graphics work.

Download: CorelDRAW Standard (Free trial available)


Sketch is a Mac-only kiến thiết suite & it"s among the best vector software for Mac designers on a budget. If you"re looking lớn open & edit AI files on a Mac, it"s a viable choice.

The program has limited native support for Illustrator files. You can open them as you would any other file, but they will only be displayed as a single flattened layer. This is the equivalent of opening it in Photocửa hàng, and means the image is not editable.

Some users have sầu reported success by changing the tệp tin extension from AI to PDF. Select the file on your computer và add PDF to lớn the kết thúc of the filename. Drag it inkhổng lồ Sketch to get an editable image. Your results here may depend on the complexity of the file, however.

A more foolproof solution is khổng lồ convert the tệp tin to lớn the SVG format using CloudConvert. Since you cannot save files in the AI format, this also represents the best way of ensuring your edited file can be reopened in Illustrator in the future.

Download: Sketch (Free trial available)

Moving Away From Adobe Illustrator

Opening any proprietary tệp tin outside of the phầm mềm for which it was intended can produce mixed results. It"s the same when you open a PSD file without Photoshop.

But apart from a few limitations, support for AI files is generally pretty good. In fact, while Illustrator is still the industry standard, more casual users don"t really need it.

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