How to Convert CDR to EPS AI

by Chris Hoke

CDR files are the native format for the CorelDRAW graphics program, while EPS and AI files are used by Adobe Illustrator. Both are vector graphics programs, meaning that the images are made from mathematical points, lines, curves, and shapes. While Adobe Illustrator can open CDR files, without conversion they might not carry the advanced grouping and mask settings. To convert your CorelDRAW files, open them in Adobe Illustrator or use the "Filespazz" online conversion tool.

Convert with Adobe Illustrator

Launch the "Adobe Illustrator" vector graphics program.

Click the "Open" folder icon, or click the "File" menu and choose "Open."

Click to select the CDR image file on your computer, then click the "Open" button. Click to choose "RGB" or "CMYK" color mode for the file, then click the "OK" button. The file will be opened and displayed in the main content pane.

Click the "File" menu and choose "Save As."

Type a file name and choose a save location. Click to choose "Illustrator (*.EPS)" or "Adobe Illustrator (*.AI)" from the "Save as type:" drop-down menu. Click "Save" to convert the file in the new format.

Filespazz Online Conversion Tool

Click the "Filespazz Online Conversion Tool" conversion tool link (see Resources).

Click the "Choose File" button in the "Step 1" box. Browse to the CDR file on your computer and click to select it. Click "Open."

Click to select "EPS" or "AI Adobe Illustrator" from the drop-down menu in the "Step 2" box. Type your email address into the "Step 3" box.

Click the "Convert" button in the "Step 4" box. Allow about 15 minutes for the file to be converted.

Check your email inbox and click on the message from "Filespazz Admin," then click download link. Type in a file name and choose a save location on your computer. Click "Save" to save the file on your hard drive.

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About the Author

Chris Hoke is a freelance writer, blogger and musician living in the San Francisco bay area. He began writing professionally in 2005 and his articles regularly appear on EmailServiceGuide.com and Slapstart.com.

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