Ok, here is my problem. I have a full page ad. which consists of many illustrations and is really slow to view. On my monster machine here the redraw is fairly ok, but I already had complaining clients about how "slow" it is to open the file. The file has many transparent gradients, Shadow Gradients (vector not the Adobe raster ones) and opacity masks. Now I can't reduce the complexity of the document because the client wants it.
So fas so good, I can work with the file my machine is a monster and can handle it.
But now the magazine in which the ad will be published has a point in the specification list which sounds like this:
Logos, pictures and illustrations must be saved as TIFF EPS or JPEG files.(300dpi)
another point is:
All software used to create document must be Mac compatible
What do they mean ? The document is a single large A4 illustration. Do they want me to save the whole document as .eps or can I send them the .ai ?
And how can i make the document smaller ? I tried flattening because of the many transparencies and overlaying objects but Acrobat hangs when flattening the file. Help is appreciated ! Thank you in advance
Export as a TIFF. Send them that.
There's no reason to mess with flattening for an eps. All they are going to do is drop it in place and print it. A Tiff will work just fine and be smaller in size most likely. Even the high resolution jpg is a good format if you want an even smaller file size.
Remember, the goal isn't necessarily to give them a file which is completely editable, but to supply a file that prints without issues. In fact, with a tiff or jpg it will make it much easier for them.
Illustrator sais the combination of resolution and file size exceeds the maximum that can be rasterized x.x
Save As PDF.... Open PDF in Photoshop..... Save as Tiff.