I need to know how to export 2d vector graphic from ArcScene so I can edit it with Adobe Illustrator.

I've tried changing the options when I export 2D scene as AI file or PDF file, but they always remain as a unique image that does not allow me to edit the lines and polygons.

Anyone can help?

  • I can't comment above without 50 reputation. I have the same problem, too; it's rasterized as a single image without editable layers. Even at a high resolution, I can't get to where I want to be fidelity-wise re-vectorizing it with AI (not to mention it's a redundant workflow given ArcScene's ostensible functionality exporting 2d vectors.) I checked to make sure it wasn't an issue with transparency or layer interaction. Exports also lose ArcScene View Scene settings, such as sun shade volume and contrast. Someone has to have an answer to this... – Grant Malcolm Dec 29 '13 at 10:00

File>Export to ai. (Illustrator)

AI files are an excellent format for postprocessing in Adobe Illustrator as well as an interchange format for publishing. The ArcMap AI format preserves most layers from the ArcMap table of contents. However, the Adobe Illustrator file format that ArcMap writes does not support font embedding, so users that do not have the Esri fonts installed may not be able to view AI files with the proper symbology. AI exports from ArcMap can define colors in CMYK or RGB values.


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