I'm trying to open an AIT file through both the "open" and "file >> new with template" options, but only a blank empty canvas shows up.

I also tried creating a new file and then placing the ait file in the canvas, but then it says "the document contains PDF objects that have been reinterpreted" and when I go on it pastes in a file that's just a bunch of repeated text saying "This is an Adobe Illustrator file that has been saved without PDF content."

I would link to the file I'm not sure how to do that on stackexchange...

Note: I did not create the AIT file, I'm just trying to edit it.

  • Sounds like you are trying to open a newer template in an older version of AI.
    – Scott
    Aug 14, 2022 at 20:01

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You can't open or edit an AIT file directly. It's a template file that has to be applied when opening a new document.

To get around this, you could open a new document based on a template, then afterwards save that new document as a new template.

Please check the documentation from Adobe on the use of AIT files:

Create a new document from a template

1) Do one of the following:

  • Choose File > New From Template.
  • Choose File > New. In the New Document dialog box, click Templates.
  • In the Welcome screen, click From Template in the Create New list.

2) In the New From Template dialog box, locate and select a template, and click New.

Please also note that many of the templates installed with Illustrator are in fact nothing more than blank documents, set up for you to use.

  • Hmm I tried your suggestion, still nothing shows up Nov 28, 2019 at 0:34
  • @MelanieSanders - see the extra note I added to the answer. Many of Illustrator's templates installed with the software are nothing but blank documents.
    – Billy Kerr
    Nov 28, 2019 at 0:35
  • Oh I didn't know that lol. But I'm not using any of the default templates, but one made by my instructor. when they showed the template in class, I saw that there were visible elements in it, containers and lines and stuff... Nov 28, 2019 at 1:31
  • Thank you though! Nov 28, 2019 at 1:31
  • If the containers are empty and lines have no stroke, you might need to select all to see them.
    – Billy Kerr
    Nov 28, 2019 at 15:25

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