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I get the following error when trying to save my image to SVG (via "Save Copy As"):

Transforms are expanded.

When I try to load the SVG in another program, all I get is a blank canvas. I ultimately want the path data to feed into RaphaelJS, but the path data that I got by clicking on the Show Code button during the SVG export also yields a blank canvas with RaphaelJS (and I've verified that RaphaelJS is loaded, and it is rendering properly).

I'm convinced that this export error in Illustrator is the problem, but I can't figure out how to make it go away and export my SVG graphic properly.

Can anyone help? Thanks!

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I just randomly tried this and it worked! I'm able to save the SVG without getting the "Transforms are expanded." error message. I can't explain why it works, but it does.

Try the following:

Object > Select all > Flatten transparency (high res) > Save!

Hope this helps anyone in the future!

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This worked great for me. Fixed all the SVGs I had different kinds of problems with. – Gatada Feb 18 '14 at 18:17
Still works. Illustrator CC 2015, osx 10.10. Thanks – cabgfx Sep 2 '15 at 8:14
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I found out that Illustrator was translating my whole image by about 500 pixels or so downwards and to the left, for some reason. So, loading the exported image looked like a blank canvas, but expanding the work area (when re-opening in Illustrator) revealed my whole image just "off the screen". I selected and moved it back, then re-saved the SVG (saved, not exported), and it works fine now.

Kinda five extra steps, but hey, at least it works. Don't know why Illustrator felt the need to translate the position of my entire image...

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Your illustration is probably either too complicated to be represented as an SVG document or too complicated for Adobe's SVG exporter to handle. Adobe has more or less abandoned SVG, so your best bet is probably going to be to look to another vendor.

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It's somehow related to effects on borders, at least I encounter it most of the time together with borders. Identify which border it is, select it in the Layers, and go to ObjectPathOutline Stroke. This should do the trick when saving to SVG.

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