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How Do I Convert Canva to Illustrator? Full 2024 Guide

Last updated on February 4, 2024 @ 5:53 pm

If you’re a Canva app user, you may find yourself needing to convert your designs into Adobe Illustrator files at some point.

Perhaps you need to edit a design in Illustrator, or you want to use a design you created in Canva for a print project.

Whatever the reason, it’s easy to convert your Canva designs into AI files. Here’s how:

First, open the design you want to convert in Canva.

Go to File > Download, and choose the Adobe Illustrator (.ai) option.

Click Canva Share button then go to Download tab and find AI file, if none, select SVG instead Click the Download button to export the Canva file and import to Illustrator

Your design will begin downloading as an AI file. Once the download is complete, open the file in Adobe Illustrator.

Go to Adobe Illustrator File menu and click Open then find the Canva file you downloaded and click open

You may need to adjust some of the elements in your design, as they may not look exactly the same in Illustrator as they did in Canva. But overall, your design should be intact and ready for further editing!

Click the Canva SVG file to see if the layers are editable as expected

So there you have it – converting your Canva designs into Adobe Illustrator files is a quick and easy process. Now you can edit your Canva designs to your heart’s content in Illustrator!

Edit the Canva SVG file to your preferences and save as Illustrator file once done

PRO TIP: Canva is a great tool for creating simple designs, but it’s not meant for complex illustrations. If you try to convert a Canva design into Illustrator, you may end up with an unusable file full of errors.

In conclusion, converting Canva designs into Adobe Illustrator files is quick and easy. Simply open the design in Canva and go to File > Download > Adobe Illustrator (.ai). Once the file has been downloaded, open it in Adobe Illustrator and make any necessary adjustments.

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Drew Clemente

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