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AI File Extension – What is a .ai file and how do I open it?

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File Type 1Adobe Illustrator File

What is a AI file?

An AI file is a drawing created with Adobe Illustrator, a vector graphics editing program. It is composed of paths connected by points, rather than bitmap image data. AI files are commonly used for logos and print media.

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Screenshot of a .ai file in Adobe Illustrator CC 2019

AI file open in Adobe Illustrator CC 2019

Since Illustrator image files are saved in a vector format, they can be enlarged without losing any image quality. Some third-party programs can open AI files, but they may rasterize the image, meaning the vector data will be converted to a bitmap format.

To open an Illustrator document in Photoshop, the file must first have PDF Content saved within the file. If it does not contain the PDF Content, then the graphic cannot be opened and will display a default message, stating, “This is an Adobe Illustrator file that was saved without PDF Content. To place or open this file in other applications, it should be re-saved from Adobe Illustrator with the “Create PDF Compatible File” option turned on.”


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Programs that open AI files

Updated 10/26/2018

File Type 2Battlefield 2 Artificial Intelligence File

.AI File Association 2

Game file used by Battlefield 2, a modern warfare first-person shooter; saves the properties and instructions for how the computer and units move and act during a game; saved in a plain text format and sometimes modified to tweak gameplay settings.

Programs that open AI files

Updated 12/8/2011

About AI Files

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