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Creating PDF Files with Adobe Illustrator

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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steveballmer's picture
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Really?

Who needs PDF when you could just make it a .BMP?
PDF's are just too .... well, I hate them!

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walks_in2_trees's picture
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ummmmm... BMP doesn't do vectors...and a mix of vectors and bitmaps are the mainstay of graphic arts, hence the reason PDF has taken hold of every workflow, but really this article has it wrong... Postscript is what both PDF and Illustrator are based on, which is why they work well together, and postscript is the native file format for all printers, which is why both programs are based on it... I submitted a file today to a sign company and was surprised they wanted an EPS as opposed to PDF, go figure, I had to reach back into my brain and pull out information I haven't used in over 6 years

I've been away from prepress and graphic arts for a while, does the latest version of Illy support multiple pages yet? I've never understood that limitation...

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steveballmer's picture
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All that vector stuff is not important!

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Vootie's picture
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walks_in2_trees, thanks for your comment. I'm pretty sure the author of the article, taken from his Adobe Acrobat 9 PDF Bible, wasn't trying to indicate that BMP is a vector format. Take a closer look at the section in question:

"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."

He's speaking here of "non-PDF workflows" which indeed are in some cases based on bitmap files.

V.

walks_in2_trees's picture
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hehe, I know, I think yer a bit confused, that was a response to Steve about the bitmap thing, not to the author...

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Vootie's picture
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Oh. You had said "but really this article has it wrong", which I thought meant you were referring to the article being wrong. But instead, you were saying that the inevitable "not Steve Ballmer" was wrong. Not the article. All is clear now. Perhaps responding to NSB isn't the best idea, you can see the confusion that results.

Cookie Creative's picture
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Still using Quake to make PDFs here, i find it produces better results.

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