(Closed) Help converting and uploading PDF files

posted 10 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2004

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
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

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
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

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
96 posts
Worker bee

Hi Dani!

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:

Quality: Maximum

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 # 8
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I use the print to PDF option when I hit CTRL+Print to convert files to PDF.

Post # 9
96 posts
Worker bee

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.

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