Creating PDF Files with Adobe IllustratorVootie (1598 pencils) | Fri, 2010-04-23 15:24
Adapted from Adobe Acrobat 9 PDF Bible
By Ted Padova
Adobe Illustrator, as with other Adobe programs, is built on core PDF technology. In fact, the native Adobe Illustrator file format is PDF, and as such it is one of the best applications supporting direct export to PDF.
Illustrator has evolved to a sophisticated integration with PDF and supports the following: transparency, editing capability, layers, blending modes, text, and filters. Further integration with the program in non-PDF workflows embraces exports for Web design, where its current iteration supports one-step optimization for formats such as GIF, JPEG, PNG, SWF, and SVG.
To export PDF files from Adobe Illustrator, you use the File > Save command. The format options available to you include the native Adobe Illustrator format (.AI), Adobe PDF (*.PDF), Illustrator EPS (*EPS), Illustrator Template (*AIT), SVG (*SVG), and SVG Compressed (*SVGZ). In Illustrator, choose File > Save from a new document window. A Save dialog box opens that enables you to name the file, choose the destination, and select one of the formats just noted.
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