I have a client that wanted the illustrator file given to him in tif format so that they would be able to have the layers available in another software package such as Photoshop. I exported the file uncompressed to a tif format, then ftp to their location. They told me when they opened it it was flattened to 1 layer. They were right I opened the file I sent in photoshop and it was one layer. I then tried to open the tif file in illustrator and it too was flattened. This was a complex file with many layers. So, after researching and trying all the suggestions I could find, such as ungrouping everything that was grouped then exporting again, it did nothing and I verified all color space was the same, but that didn't work even when trying to open the exported tif with illustrator.
So, instead of wrestling with a big file I created a 2 layer file. 1 layer contains an object, and the other text, nothing complicated. I then tried exporting the file as tif; same results the file was flattened to one layer both in photoshop and illustrator. The only way I could retain the layers was to export as a psd file. So, how do you export an illustrator file with layers as a tif and retain the layers?
Thank you for any help offered.
As Scott said, there is generally no layered TIFF format. You will have to use PS to produce it's arbitrary TIFF "layers", which are merely a bunch of sub-images in one file held together by custom user data.
Yes, I believe I am going to do that as well as what Scott has suggested. I too was under the impression that saving an illustrator file as a tif would retain the layers. I was wrong. Thank you all for the responses, help, and direction.