(Closed) Adobe Illustrator Question….

posted 10 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Hi Kristin25 – this doesn’t answer your question, but I actually just downloaded a free trial of Illustrator on Adobe’s website.  It’s a 30-day trial, which I found was enough time to have everything done and sent out for printing (for invitations – although I guess if you want to use it for programs, etc, this might not work).

If for some reason you still want to buy an older version of one, most printers will take PDF’s, so as long as you can convert the files to PDF you should be fine even if they don’t accept V6…

Hope this helps!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

The most current version is CS3.  I have CS2.

You would be fine using an older version, though 6 is really, really old.  If you could aim for version 8 or 9, I’d feel more comfortable recommending it.  I am echoing Emilie here- saving it out as a PDF makes it importable to any newer version.  An .EPS should work the same.

But try the free trial first!

Post # 5
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212 posts
Helper bee

i also just got the free trial.  you should be able to finish up everything in 30 days.

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Great Idea to download the free trial…

I use Illustrator all the time (I am a Graphic Design student).  I know others have mentioned this too… but saving it as a PDF is definitely the way to go no matter what version you are using.  This is the best way to guaranty that the printer will not have any problems with the file.  For example if you use a font that the printer doesn’t have installed on their computer it would default to something else and your work will look totally different than you were expecting.  Stuff like this doesn’t happen if you change the file to a PDF.  Good Luck! 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I am a Graphic Designer as well. A PDF as the others have recommended is just fine for any printer. One thing to consider, when saving your art as a PDF, be sure to save it as "Press Ready" or high quality if possible. This way you are not giving the printer a low resolution print. In other words, when saving the pdf, don’t choose the option to have the file size as small as possible. You want the best quality you can get for printing.

Post # 8
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88 posts
Worker bee

you could always download free indesign trial later to do programs/last minute stationery items

another option is to use a computer at kinkos which has the software. not free, but not $500! 

Post # 10
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305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I have used Quark.  I don’t love it but it works.  The one I used wasn’t near as user friendly as Illustrator.  You could indeed convert to a PDF.  Quark might be the best bet for you if you don’t want to buy Illustrator.

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think Quark is pretty expensive too…

It is more like InDesign than Illustrator though.  Both are great programs, but a little more difficult to use.

You should be able to use Illustrator for everything you need…and like someone else mentioned, if you run out of time you can use the computers at Kinkos…they charge by the minute (something like 40 cents a minute)…its pretty reasonable.  If you think you will be going back to things for adjustments later it is a good idea to save an illustrator document as well as a PDF because the PDF will not be editable.  Hope this helps!

 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

When saving an Illustrator file as a PDF, I recommend using the provided setting called PDF/X-1A I think there is a year in there. It’s a bit of an older setting, but you would have a hard time finding a printer who had trouble printing from that setting.  

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