“Can’t open the illustration” error in Illustrator


It was not possible (12 hrs of Google searching etc.) to open the damaged document which resulted in “Can’t open the illustration”

The cause of the error was a corrupted font that resulted in un-openable Illustrator documents.

When I deactivated all user-installed fonts, I was again able to open and save documents without any errors.

To keep working, I had to delete the font and install a clean copy in the Font Book app.

The font in question was Montserrat Regular.


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