How to Use .Ai Files

By Tammy Clevenger

A file with an AI file extension is an Adobe Illustrator file. Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics creation tool for drawing and illustration. Adobe Illustrator files may be opened and edited using Adobe Illustrator. Acrobat or Photoshop. However, an interesting fact about AI files is that they are saved in the Portable Document Format file format, so you do not necessarily need Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or Acrobat to use the file. Though you cannot edit the file, you can open and view the AI file in a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Illustrator, Acrobat or Photoshop installed to edit
  • Adobe Reader (or similar PDF viewer) installed to open and view

Step 1

Right-click on the AI file to show the Windows context menu.

Step 2

Click the "Open With" option from the context menu. A list of applications opens.

Step 3

Click the compatible Adobe product installed on the computer to open and view or edit the AI file. View or edit the AI file in the application.

Step 4

Click the "File" option and then click "Export" to save the AI file as another image file type. A Save As window opens.

Step 5

Click the "File Type" drop-down box and click another image file type. Click "Export." The AI file is exported to the new file type.

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