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Technical Article   Problem:  Vector data is exported to EPS, PDF, and AI as raster in ArcMap

Article ID: 20051
Bug Id: N/A
Software:  ArcGIS - ArcEditor 8.1, 8.1.2, 8.2, 8.3, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, 10 ArcGIS - ArcInfo 8.1, 8.1.2, 8.2, 8.3, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, 10 ArcGIS - ArcView 8.1, 8.1.2, 8.2, 8.3, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, 10
Platforms:  Windows NT 4.0, 2000

Description

When exporting to EPS, PDF, or AI (Illustrator), sometimes the vector data gets exported as raster strips or bands.

Cause

There are certain types of symbols that are rendered as raster in output. These are Picture Fill Symbols, Picture Marker Symbols, and the transparent elements.

When these layers are rendered, they flatten and rasterize other layers beneath them in ArcMap's Table of Contents (TOC).

Solution or Workaround

Perform the following, either singly or in combination:

ArcGIS 9.1 and earlier

• Remove transparency. Transparency can be re-applied to the desired elements in an external editing application such as Adobe Illustrator 9 or 10.

• Replace Picture Marker symbols with font-based vector marker symbols.

• Replace Picture Fill symbols with simpler, vector fills.

ArcGIS 9.2 and later

• Use the 'Picture Symbol' option set to 'Vectorize Layers with Bitmap Markers/Fills'. This vectorizes the picture marker or fill symbol, and prevents rasterization.

 Some bitmap fills and markers drastically change appearance when vectorized using this method.

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[O-Image] AI with vectorization

• Remove transparency. Transparency can be re-applied to the desired elements in an external editing application such as Adobe Illustrator 9 or 10.



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Created: 7/20/2001
Last Modified: 8/11/2011

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By Anonymous - 08/09/2010 4:28 PM

I have suggested related resources/links that can enhance this article. See below.

For the workaround for ArcGIS 9.2 and later, should add the step: Remove transparency to it (just as the contents for ArcGIS 9.1 and earlier)

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