This ISIS Support Board is being retired. Please post all new topics to: Is there a way to export an ArcGIS map document that preserves the layers for adobe illustrator or something similar? I can't seem to find anything in the export options that lets me do this. In the latest version of ArcMap 9.x, using 'File' ->, 'Export Map', to *.ai, it will maintain the layers fairly well. You will generally have an 'ArcMap layer' for merged rasters, an Illustrator layer for each shapefile, a layer for the grid, and a layer for the graphics. Unfortunately, it will flatten and tile the image(s) into little strips. Sometimes I just export everything (vectors, labels, graticules) except the image bases and add the images into Illustrator via the map publisher plug-in or just by hand using a grid for registration. If you make a vector layer transparent, I have heard, every layer under it will automatically get rasterized into the image base. So basically, for vector layers always set transparency and they should maintain as vectors. Fancy polygon fill patterns probably won't work either. So I just set them as plain and change the color or pattern once in Illustrator. Once in Illustrator, the features in the layers will be grouped. You can select them and select 'Object' ->, 'Clipping Mask' ->, 'Release'. Now you should be able to select the individual features. In ArcMap 9, for rasters, there is good feature to export a colorized or stretched raster layer to an RGB geotiff at the same resolution of the original image. I think you right click on the image and export raster. Now choose RGB, ect... Once in a while I have had problems with it where it outputs the image all scaled wrong though. It will not flatten two image together. You would have to export them separately and then flatten them photoshop with the transparency. Otherwise you can export a flatten image from the export map option under file, but you have to use DPI for the cellsize - yuck. I just did this on a project with multiple data frames. I had one large Mercator, and two polar dataframes with tons of data, labels, and grids. Each gis layer and each dataframe was maintained in separate layers. But you still have to dork with it once in illustrator. Like my yellow crater polygons turned white? But setting colors and line widths is what illustrator is good at. To sum, I suggest keeping your symbols and line types simple but with colors, line weights, etc.. that you want and with no transparency in any layer. Once in Illustrator you can pretty-them-up and set layers transparent. Also in Illustrator, you can use the select by color (stroke or fill types) if you need to select a certan type for changing. If using symbology (line symbols and point symbols), make sure to set the reference scale in ArcMap, so they will be consistently sized on export. You may have to modify some of the symbols in Illustrator to better align them. Source.

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