Post # 1
I downloaded a free 30-day trial of Illustrator to try it out before I buy it (and to compare it to Publisher), but I’m having problems saving the files as .jpg files.
I have some questions and I’m hoping you ladies can help!
1. I’ve checked Adobe help sites, and the Internet in general, and they all say that I should click "Save As" and then change the file type from .pdf to .jpg. Does the purchased Illustrator give you this option? The 30-day trial doesn’t.
2. I also tried extracting the files as .jpg (which worked), but a few of them are cut off or they simply show up as blank pages. When I reopen the saved files in Illustrator, they show up fine. Also, I have checked the document size and I’ve made sure the layers are in their correct places. Am I doing something wrong?
3. Is there a website, similar to Shutterfly, that allows you to upload .pdf files to it? Or another website, other than Shutterfly, that allows different file types for upload (like .bmp, .gif, or .jpg)?
I appreciate any help I can get! Happy New Year 🙂
Post # 3
The adobe illustrator do not have the save or save as jpg file. The only files you can save on adobe illustrator are .ai, pdf, .eps, .AIT, .SVG and .SVGZ
Even if you convert the pdf file to jpeg the image will not look really good it will look blurry. The best thing to do is to download the trial version for adobe photoshop.
Post # 4
You might want to try Cs2 or Cs3 if you are looking to be able to convert to .jpg files. Both Adobe programs.
Post # 5
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You can save files on Illustrator as *.jpg files by using the "Save for Web/Device" option. You can also save them in GIF, PNG & SWF format this way.
This does, of course, flatten the image completely and does not allow the elements to be edited within Illustrator. But if you’re looking to have JPG files to post on a blog or something, this is just perfect.
Post # 6
If you are creating files for print from Illustrator, it’s best to save as a high-res (print ready) PDF to preserve the vector art in the file so you have crisp, clean prints.
If you are creating something to upload for web, such as to put onto Shutterfly so others can view, then you can create .jpeg files using File>Save for Web. From the resulting dialog box you can choose which web format you want (.jpeg, .gif, .png, etc.) and it will save a separate file for you. Please note this command will save a lower-resolution photo which is perfect for web because it is smaller and will load much faster, but is not suitable for print.
If, for some reason, you require a high-res .jpeg suitable for print (though, as I said, a PDF is better for this purpose) then you can choose File>Export, choose .jpeg, and change settings to match these:
Color Model: CMYK
Resolution: Depth: Custom: 300 DPI
Leave other settings as default and click on OK.
I know you said you already tried to export as .jpegs. You may have had some issues if you had links in your Illustrator document to other files or if your artboard was set up incorrectly; without knowing exactly what you are doing it’s hard to tell. Reply back if you have any other questions!
Hope to help! For reference, I am using version CS2.
Post # 7
Sweeney, unfortunately, even with CS3, I don’t have the option to save the files as .jpg’s (at least not in the standard "Save As" option.
Fadingflower, thank you for that information. I plan on buying Photoshop on Wednesday anyway! Good information!
Lemon and Plumeria, thank you for that tip! I was wondering about the "Save for Web" option. I’m going to print the actual items from Illustrator, so the only reason I want them saved as .jpeg’s is to brag in my bio/blog! As for the image showing up incorrectly, I’ll have to double-check my documents when I get home to check for errors in the artboard.
Thanks so much ladies! You’re even more helpful then the Adobe forums!!
Post # 8
I use the print to PDF option when I hit CTRL+Print to convert files to PDF.
Post # 9
One more thing – I just realized you said there was some cutoff of the image when you exported as .jpeg and here’s something that might remedy that.
Whenever you save as .jpeg from Illustrator (either using Save for Web or the exporting) the program flattens the artwork and saves an image that is trimmed to the outermost bounding boxes of the object in your artboard. If you want the whole artboard (ie. let’s say you have it set to 8.5"x11") then a trick you might want to try is creating a block, with a white fill and no stroke, that is the size of the artboard (for the example, 8.5"x11") and placing it in the back behind all of the objects. This way the file will flatten to the sizeof the block, assuming all of the objects’ bounding boxes fit inside of it, and the .jpeg will appear as a PDF made from the file would.