Not that I know of, at least not without a lot of manual adjustments. I don't really understand why you would need that, though. Inverting a plate should be as easy as checking an option in the RIP, so basically using the printer output option is the correct way IMO.
Usually we just send an Illustrator file to the image setter and when we print it, we select the image to be negative and that works out fine.
Now we're trying to send an 11"x17" file when the setting is for 8.5"x11". We couldn't find anywhere in the manuals or help menus for the software where to change the page size on the image setter. Then we were finally able to get it to work with sending a 11"x17" PDF, but now we need it to be a negative image..
It's so frustrating!
But thanks for your help!
I'm trying to save a PDF from Illustrator as a negative image...like in the print menu in 'Output' you can change the image to Negative.
I need to do this so I can send it to an image setter.
Send the PDF as 'Print quality'. The image setter should be able to do whatever is needed... no?
I think I got it!!
-Inverting the colors in Illustrator before I save it as a PDF, so far so good!