I am trying to export contour lines from arcgis to illustrator to finish the map. I have tried to export the map with "vectorize layers with bitmap markers/fills" option, but it still opens as a raster in illustrator

  • export to svg import to illustrator - you do not mention versions of ArcGIS or Adobe Illustrator.
    – Mapperz
    May 27, 2021 at 20:32

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Bitmap markers are the pictorial symbols such as little fire trucks or trees sometimes used to represent points. A contour line is just a vector feature. See Exporting to PDF for tips on how map features export to Adobe software. "If a layer contains picture marker or picture fill symbology, use the option Vectorize picture markers/fills, found on the Format tab of the Options panel. This prevents rasterization of layers below picture markers and fills."

  • The link you posted solved it. The issue was that I had the contours set to 80% transparency May 27, 2021 at 20:57

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