Currently, there's no workflow to support .ai layered files into .draw layers.
the only way that you can bring your illustrator file into a Draw project is to reference it as a raster/photo bgd layer.
but if you are already starting in Illustrator, you can easily go back to illustrator from Draw. Once your draw project is open, move those layers into your existing Ai project.
as for the Adobe Ideas (.idea) file, all of your layers will come across discretely As they were in Ideas. The transparency of each layer is also honored in the transfer from Ideas to Draw, but there's no way to pass it to illustrator between Ideas to Draw.... It's a direct shot.
A little off topic: you can mimic the brush styles of Draw in Illustrator when using a mouse. If you'd like to use a stylus with your computer, Wacom works well with illustrator. If you want to dig further, there are great 3rd party plugins for Ai like the ones from AstuteGraphics
Hello is this still the case, you cannot open an AI file in draw?
I accidentally deleted a file in Draw, luckily i sent it to AI and saved it to my cloud. now i do not know how to open the File back in draw. I can see the file when i select, Import idea files but i am unable to select it.
Please urgently Assist.
Yes. It is still not possible open a .ai file in Draw. I responded through the in-app feedback, but I wanted to post here too in case you looked here first:
I'm glad your work was actually saved somewhere. Unfortunately it's not yet possible to open a .ai file in Draw. The art can brought in as a photo layer but it won't be editable.
I'm sorry. I know that's not the answer you were hoping for.
Is there still no way of bringing an illustrator file into Illustrator Draw?
It's clearly a function a lot of designers would use in their workflows.
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You can bring in any image, but only as a rasterized image.
But if you bring it in as a reference, you can merge the two vector projects in Illustrator CC later.
The work that you do in IllustratorDraw export to CC as separated layers.