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PDF's exported from figma don't open correctly in Adobe Illustrator


I’ve exported a frame as a PDF and tried to open in illustrator. I wanted to avoid redesigning in illustrator as i need to set up for heavy animation in After Effects.

When i open the PDF in illustrator, all of the images and colours are missing. Everything is outlined and empty. Is this a bug?

Are there any workarounds to this? Why are the PDFs exporting in this way? PDF is a universal format so youd assume the images and colour info would be embedded in the PDF. I’ve tested it across several files and all have the same result. Screenshot attached.


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I don’t know what could be wrong with your PDFs, but I would suggest to use SVG, the quality of SVG export in Figma is higher than PDF.