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How do I flatten and save an image for sending to a printer in Illustrator cs5?

Jul 9, 2011 2:32 PM

I have several files that I need to flatten to upload. I am new to Illustrator and to cs5. I have tried several things, but it doesn't seem to save it as one image or it doesn't look like a quality image. I need to save them in one of these formats:  adobe acrobat 9 document (*.pdf),  adobe illustrator cs3 artwork (*.ai), or adobe photoshop cs3 image (8.psd). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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    Aug 28, 2011 5:26 PM   in reply to apureheartdesign

    You shouldn't have to manually flatten anything to perform these funcitons -- Illustrator will handle any necessary flattening when these export functions are done.


    To create a PDF file, choose File > Save As and then choose PDF for the File Format. If this is going to a printer, I'd suggest you choose the PDF/X-1a preset.


    To create an Illustrator CS3 file, choose File > Save As and then choose Native Illustrator (AI) for the file format. In the next dialog, choose Illustrator CS3 as the compatible version.


    To create a Photoshop PSD file, choose File > Export and then choose Photoshop (PSD) for the File Format. Make sure you choose a high enough resolution (300ppi should be fine).



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