When I save an artboard as SVG, I get an empty file. I made sure there are no objects outside the artboard in the same layer.

When I paste the shape in the newly created SVG from the source AI file, save it and open it again I get the image below.

I guess browsers don't care about where the artboard is, since it's displayed well in my browser. But it is a pain to do these extra steps. Is there a solution for this, or what am I doing wrong here?

weird behavior

  • What happens then when you drag the artwork(circle), to the artboard and save that as svg? Apr 2, 2016 at 8:34
  • the same - align the circle in the middle of the artboard, save the svg and close it, open the file again: same sesult.
    – Ludo
    Apr 2, 2016 at 10:23

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Navigate to File > Save As and select SVG in the menu options, make sure that Use Artboards is not ticked.

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