Recovering Deleted Adobe Illustrator Files (*.ai, *.eps, *.ait, *.svg)

Adobe Illustrator is one of the most popular vector graphics editors which also has functions for text management, color management and drawing.

Using Adobe Illustrator, you can save illustrations in five basic formats: *.ai, *.eps, *.ait, *.svg, *.pdf. These are the file formats in which Illustrator can save all image data without loss of quality and with the opportunity to work with such image. With the help of this editor, images can also be exported to other formats compatible with other applications, but Illustrator will not be able to work with such exported files anymore. Images in the format .ai use the vector graphics format containing a set of lines connected with dots.

Recovering Deleted Adobe Illustrator Files (*.ai, *.eps, *.ait, *.svg)

Restoring the Last Saved Version

Working with vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator is a long and painstaking process. For the cases when a certain amount of work has been done to an illustration, but the result is not exactly what the designer wanted to get, the program has the function of restoring the last saved version. In order to use it, you can just go to the menu File / Revert.

File / Revert

As a result, the image will be restored to the last saved version, and all changes done after that will be canceled.


The Function of Automatic Saving and Restoring an Adobe Illustrator Image

With the help of tools integrated into Adobe Illustrator a user can restore an unsaved illustration in case of failures in the work of the program or computer.

In order to be able to use this function, it should be adjusted. To do it, go to the menu Edit / Preferences / File Handling & Clipboard…

File Handling & Clipboard…

In the subsection Data Recovery of the menu that opens specify the regularity of automatic saving for recovery (from 30 seconds to 1 hour) and the destination folder. The default path is a folder on disk C:

C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator 21 Settings\en_US\x64\DataRecovery


If there is a software failure or Adobe Illustrator shuts down unexpectedly, after starting the program again it will restore all automatically saved data.

Adobe Illustrator unexpectedly

The auto recovery file has the extension .aid and may look like this: AIDBTemp1482247306297777136.aid


Note. If, for some reason, when starting Adobe Illustrator doesn’t restore an illustration from an auto recovery file, such file can be opened manually with Adobe Illustrator. In this case, the automatically saved illustration will also open in a standard way.

Do not forget to save the illustration, which you opened in such way; if you do not do it, the .aid file disappears after closing and there will not be a second chance to open it again.

The Software to Recover *.ai, *.eps, *.ait and *.svg Files

The illustrations created in Adobe Illustrator are quite special files and recovering them after loss or deleting is not easy. If your illustrations are lost after a failure or because of other problems, they can still be restored with Hetman Partition Recovery.

To do it, start the utility and scan the media where your illustrations were saved.

Hetman Partition Recovery

To recover the required illustrations, drag them to the recovery list or right-click of them and press «Recover».

Hetman Partition Recovery. Recover

In the same way, you can recover the automatically saved file *.aid, if it is impossible to recover the main illustration file.

Author: Maxim Cherniga

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