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Lesson 7. Working with Type > Saving your file for electronic distribution

Saving your file for electronic distribution

Now you'll save a copy of the poster in Portable Document Format (PDF) so you can distribute it electronically, or link it to your Web site. When you save your artwork in PDF format, Illustrator creates an exact snapshot of the page that lets you view it online without the fonts, linked images, or software used to create it.

Choose File > Save a Copy. In the dialog box, choose Adobe PDF (PDF) from the Save as Type (Windows) or Format (Mac OS) pop-up menu, name the file TaiChi.pdf, and click Save.

In the Adobe PDF Format Options dialog box, choose Screen Optimized from the Options Set pop-up menu to display a set of options for the Web. (Notice that the document's color mode will automatically be converted to RGB for optimal screen viewing.) Leave the other settings as they are and click OK.

In the warning dialog box on "Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities" not being checked, click OK to save the file.


Note: Select the Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities when exporting a file only if you want to be able to reopen and edit the file in Adobe Illustrator. If you are posting the file on a Web site, you probably don't want it to be editable.

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Illustrator saves the copy of the poster as a Web-ready PDF file that can be viewed electronically in Adobe Acrobat Reader® and linked to your Web pages to be viewed in a browser. Acrobat Reader—electronic publishing software for Windows, DOS, UNIX®, and Macintosh®—is provided on the Adobe Illustrator CD and is available on the Adobe Web site (http://www.adobe.com) for free distribution.

For information on saving Illustrator files in different formats, see "Saving and Exporting Artwork" in online Help or Chapter 14 in the Adobe Illustrator User Guide.

For information on converting artwork to GIF and JPEG images for your Web pages, see Lesson 15, "Preparing Graphics for Web Publication."

To learn about printing your poster, see Lesson 13, "Printing Artwork and Producing Color Separations."



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