Introduction to Technical Flats - Part 9 of 10
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL FLATS
SECTION 9: SAVING
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Follow along with this step-by-step video!
“SAVE AS” FILE TYPES
.ai = Illustrator file, only those with Illustrator on their computer can open this file for editing, may be viewable without Illustrator, includes anything in the file.
.ait = Illustrator Template, use to create a template worksheet. When opened it will come up as a new document with your preferences/template already in it. You can then save as your new file name. To save over an existing template (for example, when updating a template), choose .ait as the file type and save as the same name in the same location. Includes anything in the file.
.svg = Saves any object in the file as a set of paths, used for Cricut/Silhouette machines and the web. Will recognize all paths even if they are not visible in the original AI file.
.pdf = Saves only what is visible on the artboard as an image. This is not editable by anyone else. Best file format for printing between computers because any text or pictures cannot be corrupted. When editing an Illustrator file saved as a .pdf, right click (PC) or [control+click] (Mac) and choose “open with Illustrator.”
.eps = Saves any object in the file as an image. Used for the web and best file format for transferring to Photoshop. Will recognize all paths even if they are not visible in the original AI file. Similar to a .jpg. Best used when transferring files between different CAD programs like Illustrator and AutoCad.
“EXPORT AS” FILE TYPES
.jpg = Exports all objects in the AI file as images into a separate file.
.bmp = Exports all objects in the AI file as images into a separate file. Best for maintaining the quality of the sketch. Bitmaps can be linked into other documents like Indesign.
.png = Exports as an image with a transparent (or white) background. Used for the web.