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    Depending on a structure of the Corel file from my experience there is no magic trick that you can transfer Corel files to Illustratrator without re working the file. At some point you have to do bit additional work to make the file usable for printing.

    Depending on a case I usually save file as Illustrator 8 file or up to CS3 version of it. Sometimes I save as EPS or simply publish PDF which I can say that in Corel X5 does decent job.

    For me is horrible experience when someone send me Corel file. That usually speaks for itself about the person who have sent the file and his/her knowledge in printing industry. Adobe sets printing standards quite some time. They are the creators of PS and PDF format and there is no better applications creating print ready PDFs from Adobe ones.

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    Export PDF from Corel and....

    Please try export to PDF from Corel.
    All adobe programms can easily handle PDF.

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    PDF or AI export

    I have few years experience with Corel and converting Corel files to Illustrator... I work in Illustrator last 11 years on Mac... Some people loves Corel because of simplicity... and produce files which are rich with transparency, effects, gradients lot of fonts, but they dont have skills to make file ready for print... Because of that we must make corrections which we do in Illustrator or rarely in Corel...
    When you have some simple file always before saving as .ai file convert fonts to curves... In some cases if is possible convert gradients to bitmaps because of banding in Illustrator or if you export in PDF You can have thousands of uniform filled object instead of gradient... transparency's is always better to convert in bitmap if you want elegant to avoid troubles... Corel can be tricky and erase some objects if is if file to complicated... also converting file from Corel to Illustrator can add very large number of new nodes... I call Corel "necessary Evil"... Although I worked in it since version 2... For me is Illustrator professional software, and Corel is oriented on small office businesses... and beginners...
    Illustrator have also some imperfections... about that on some other occasion...

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    Vektor export in .eps, image export in .tiff or .psd.
    Open .eps in Illustrator and link image.

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    I must say that filespazz is amazing, saved me so many times when my clients would give me corel files, when I only work with adobe.

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    Maybe u can convert the file to ps file and then to pdf. last u can open the file in illustrator.

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    Usually I output to version Illustrator 7.0,sometimes can use Illustrator open cdr file directly.

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    Export it

    If you don´t want to make changes to the file, export it as a pdf file. It´s easier. If you need to make changes export it as a .ai file, but be aware if the file has gradients, transparecy and other complex elements, maybe won´t look good in Illustrator. For me the best solution is to make any change in corel (a pain in the ass) and then export it as a pdf file.

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    save as .svg (universal) although you may lose layers

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryX View Post
    I Always use this setting:
    ...

    (I have Illustrator CS4, but always save a CS version,
    trust me, it's more careful)

    ....

    And you can see Here for Potential Problems....

    Good Luck...
    best answer - you are thanked sir!

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    UniConvertor to convert .cdr

    I used to pull out my hair over the .cdr files...

    I didn´t want to install Corel and uploading files to a website didn´t seem right either. (not all clients are excited about sharing their stuff...)

    Now after looking for ages here is my way:

    I simply use UniConvertor. (universal vector graphics translator)

    Its freeware, open source: http://sk1project.org/

    and does the job kind of good. (sometimes all the elements are on top of each other, but hey, at least it is in Illustrator..

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    I separately exporting bitmap and vector graphics from Corel. Particular attention should be paid to the gradients.

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    PS is the way

    Best way to convert Corel to Illustrator (specialy when it has gradients) is print to file and save as .ps
    This ps preservs edition in objects whit gradients and other benefits.
    Publishing as PDF directly brougth me some troubles whit LENS and gradients and effects.

    PD: it's even better than export.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angen View Post
    Best way to convert Corel to Illustrator (specialy when it has gradients) is print to file and save as .ps
    This ps preservs edition in objects whit gradients and other benefits.
    Publishing as PDF directly brougth me some troubles whit LENS and gradients and effects.

    PD: it's even better than export.
    it's also not bad way

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    the best option as some guys said is with a virtual machine if you dont have a pc, install corel x5 and export to illustrator from there if you want to edit, i dont recomend to export to pdf since some times it gives me some error, better to print to a prn or ps file then convert it to pdf with distiller.

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