How to save an SVG in Illustrator

As SVG files are becoming increasingly popular for use on the web, it’s nice to be able to save your Illustrator projects directly in an editable SVG format. Fortunately, you can do it!

Using the Save As and Export options, you can export artboards directly to an SVG file, as well as to other formats.

Here’s how to do it:

Method 1 – Save as:

  1. Open your Illustrator project file
  2. From the top menu, select File > Save As
  3. In the Save As pop-up window, choose the SVG file format from the Format drop-down menu.
  4. Click on the Save button

Method 2 – Export as:

  1. Open your Illustrator project file
  2. In the top menu, select File > Export > Export as
  3. In the Export As pop-up window, choose the SVG file format from the Format drop-down menu, and select «Use artboards» to export the full size of the artboard.
  4. Click on the Export button

Method 3 – Export for screens

  1. Open your Illustrator project file
  2. In the top menu, select File > Export > Export for screens.
  3. In the Export for Screens pop-up window, choose the Workbenches tab on the left and check all the workbenches you want to export.
  4. In the right part of the window, choose your export location and select SVG under Formats.
  5. Click on Export Workbench
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