CorelDraw supports Adobe Illustrator .ai graphics files and can both import and export it. So there is nothing more easier then to open and import .ai graphics and simply save it as Corel .cdr file format using the File ► Save as.. function. (Currently written for CorelDraw X7.)
There are various versions of .ai file format and .cdr format too. For best results we recommend to use latest versions of CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator. Older versions of CorelDraw have limited support for newer versions of Adobe Illustrator file format and supported only older versions of this graphic format.
- You can achieve ai to cdr conversion also through conversion to EPS file format. Save your Illustrator artwork or graphic document to .eps file format and then open this eps exported file in CorelDraw. It should work. Make sure to convert all text objects to curves.
- Second choise is to export from Illustrator as .wmf vector file format (Windows Meta File). Then use CorelDraw to import the the .wmf file with everything intact except filters.
- Third method is to create a press ready PDF document and import it to CorelDraw. You should convert the text to outlines and unchek the "embed font" option.
4th conversion option will depend on what versions of Corel and Illustrator you have, but in CorelDraw you can easily go to Import function and select PS Interpreted and select the Adobe Illustrator's .ai file type.
Note that you might need to know what are the versions of your Illustrator files and what .ai versions your current version of Corel can open, and if it can't open the exported file, then save your Illustrator file in a lower format version until it opens.
Some other programs dealing with vector formats may also support both AI and CDR, however sometimes they only support older variants of them and not the latest function.