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Part: X Appendixes > Preparing an Image for the Client's Computer

Preparing an Image for the Client's Computer

When you need to take (or send) Illustrator documents to a client, it's likely that you won't have Adobe Illustrator available to open the files. You'll have to prepare a copy of the file appropriately before you pop it into your briefcase or hand it off to the delivery service. You can choose from a number of available file formats:

  • Under most circumstances, you can save a copy of your document as a PDF file. Virtually all computers now have Adobe Acrobat Reader available, and the format is multiplatform. In Illustrator, you choose File, Save As and then select Adobe PDF (PDF) for the Format. Name the file, pick a location, click OK, and the Adobe PDF Format Options dialog box opens (see Figure F.3).

    Figure F.3. This dialog box offers two panels: General and Compression. You usually don't need to change the compression settings.

    If your intent is to allow the client to see the image and print a working copy, you can start with Screen Optimized. If the client needs to print a high-quality version of the document, begin with Default. You are not likely to need to preserve Illustrator editing capabilities, but embedding fonts (and subsetting them) is usually a good idea. Check Embed ICC Profile, and the Options Set changes to Custom. Leave all other settings as either their Screen Optimized or Default settings.

  • When you're preparing images that will eventually be viewed on the Web, use the appropriate Web format for still images. (Animation will be discussed later in this appendix.) Photographic images and illustrations that contain gradients or blends should be saved as JPEG files. Use the highest quality setting to preserve the image's appearance as much as possible. (Remember to retain the original file for later edits or updating.) Documents that consist solely of large areas of solid color, such as cartoons and many logos, should be saved as GIFs.

  • Both Macintosh and Windows computers have built-in capabilities for viewing graphics. The Macintosh PictureViewer supports the file formats TIFF, BMP, and PICT, among others. On Windows computers, the Accessories may include both Imaging (which opens TIFF, BMP, JPEG, GIF, and a variety of other file formats) and Paint (which is best with BMP files). Check with your client to find out what programs are available, and you might want to ask whether the client has a preferred image format.



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