A friend recently asked me if it was possible to get the same custom map symbols he is using in the Adobe Illustrator design package into his ESRI ArcMap project. I recommended saving them out as EMF (Windows Meta File format) which are readable in ArcMap. Newer version of Adobe Illustrator save this format on both the Mac and PC (early Mac versions didn’t). ESRI has two official workflow recommendations in their Mapping Center “Ask a Cartographer” section, both which involve EMF export. Kudos to Charlie and Aileen at ESRI for making the Mapping Center helpful: Q: I have symbols that are right now in EPS format and I would like to create a style with them. What is the best way to proceed ? Q: I would like to take symbols/icons that I created in Illustrator then export them into ArcMap for use in map production. If this question is already answered, could you direct me to that resource? You should export each of your Illy symbols/icons to a .EMF file and those can be used to create Picture Marker Symbols in ArcMap. Our help topic on Creating Marker Symbols explains how to create picture markers from EMF files, it’s the next to the last procedure in that topic. Tags: adobe, arcmap, ask carto, emf, eps, esri, font, illustrator, kevin, marker symbols, picture marker, symbology, symbols, workflow No matter what you import ArcGIS will loose the Adobe crispness of symbology. I use ArcMap 9.3 and 10 and the new one is no better in this regard, even if you use the cartographic representations. Currently trying to think a work around for our production processes… might have to get some code writers involved I think. Source.