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Chapter 4. Files and Formats

One of the strengths of Illustrator is its ability to work with many different file formats. Whether you are sharing files between the Mac and PC, saving illustrations to place in a layout program, or exporting graphics to the Web, you will find that Illustrator supports file formats suited to your needs. In the end, the hardest thing about having all these file formats available is deciding which ones to use.

In this chapter, I'll make sure you're familiar with the basic but critically important steps of opening and saving your files correctly, including how to get around your computer's file structure to find things. I'll also discuss the different file formats and the ways each is used, and how to take artwork from other sources and make it part of your illustration. Finally—you'll be able to stop wondering what's the difference between an EPS and a PDF!

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