How do I export Adobe Illustrator (AI) layers from QGIS?

I have tried all the "save as" files from layer and non of them worked.

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    either export to dxf or svg in QGIS to use in Adobe Illustrator. Improvements with layering and pdf export is coming with v3.x
    – Mapperz
    May 21, 2017 at 14:02
  • @Mapperz Any idea when will v3.x be released?
    – Adam Matan
    May 25, 2017 at 17:33
  • When the development team is happy with a stable release.
    – Mapperz
    May 25, 2017 at 17:46
  • 52% complete issues.qgis.org/projects/qgis/roadmap#Version_3.0
    – Mapperz
    May 25, 2017 at 17:47

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As @Mapperz suggested, you can save a layer as a DXF from QGIS. The DXF can be imported into Illustrator easily enough, though you may have issues with scaling.

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However, as Illustrator drawings are often set up as standard pages, it's probably better to create a print composer and save the page as either an SVG or a PDF.

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If you're interested in purchasing a 3rd party program, I've used MaPublisher by Avenza before, and it's pretty good. It can import standard GIS files directly into Illustrator.

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