If you’re like most Illustrator users, you’ve probably experienced the dreaded file crash. Here’s a quick guide on how to recover your lost work and get back to creating.
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If you use Adobe Illustrator regularly, you know that crashes happen. Sometimes, it’s just a minor hiccup and your file autosaves before any major damage is done. But other times, you might lose hours of work with no warning.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to try to recover your lost work. In this article, we’ll walk you through some of the best methods for recovering Illustrator files after a crash.
First, let’s start with the basics:
1. Check your Recovered folder: When you first launch Illustrator after a crash, it will automatically open a dialog asking if you want to restore any recovered files. Check here first to see if your lost work has been recovered automatically.
2. Try opening the file in another program: If you can’t find your file in the Recovered folder, try opening it in another program like Adobe Photoshop or Inkscape. Sometimes, other programs can successfully open Illustrator files even when Illustrator cannot.
3. Use a data recovery program: If all else fails, your last resort is to use a data recovery program like Recuva or PhotoRec to scan your hard drive for any lost or deleted files. This isn’t guaranteed to work, but it’s worth a try if everything else has failed.
We hope this article has helped you recover your lost Illustrator files. Remember to always save frequently and keep backups of your work in case of emergencies like this!
What to do if your Illustrator file crashes
If your Illustrator file crashes, there are a few things you can do to try to recover it.
First, check to see if you have a recent backup. If you do, then you can restore your file from the backup and continue working.
If you don’t have a backup, or if the backup is also corrupted, then you can try using a file recovery program. There are a few different programs out there, so you may need to try a few before you find one that works for you.
Once you’ve found a program that works, follow the instructions to scan your hard drive for the lost file. Once the scan is complete, the program should show you a list of recovered files. Choose the one that corresponds to your lost Illustrator file and save it to a safe location.
How to recover lost or unsaved Illustrator files
If you’re using Adobe Illustrator and you experience a crash, there’s no need to panic. In most cases, you should be able to recover your lost or unsaved file by following these simple steps:
1. Open the Adobe Creative Cloud app and go to the Files tab.
2. Click the Recover Unsaved Files icon (it looks like a clock).
3. Select the file you want to recover and click Open.
4. If the file opens successfully, save it immediately.
5. If the file doesn’t open or you can’t find it in the Recover Unsaved Files window, try opening Adobe Illustrator and going to File > Open Recent > Recover Unsaved Files from [Date].
How to troubleshoot Illustrator crashes
If you’re working on an important design project in Adobe Illustrator and the program crashes, it can be frustrating (not to mention time-consuming) to have to start over from scratch. Luckily, there are a few things you can try to troubleshoot the issue and recover your lost work.
First, check to see if Illustrator created a backup of your file before it crashed. To do this, open the folder where your file is saved and look for a file with the same name as your original but with the extension “.ai1” or “.ai2.” If you see such a file, double-click it to open it in Illustrator.
If there is no backup file, try opening the original file in a text editor like Notepad++ or Microsoft Word. Sometimes, when Illustrator crashes, it doesn’t save the entire file; however, you may be able to find some of your work in the text editor. To do this, go to File > Open in your text editor and select All Files from the drop-down menu. Then locate your Illustrator file and open it. Once the file opens in the text editor, do a search for “