Over the weekend i got thinking about a image booklet i am looking to create. Despite being a newbie, i feel as though i have made great strides in becoming familiar with both Indesign and Illustrator.
Having created artwork in Illustrator i am trying to determine the best format for placing my images into Indesign.
What i have been expecting to do is to convert the Illustrator files into pdf's and then placing these into my Indesign template. This is what i have been doing on my drafts. Seems there is no quality loss, however i am worried about the size of the file since it is predominatley image based.
I have no need to edit the link once i have finished the artwork in Illustrator IMHO.
Please bear in mind this is booklet is being sent to a commercial printers and being printed on a litho.
Could any of the wise sages on these forums guide me?
There really shouldn't be any need to convert your Illustrator files to PDF - the .ai format is (unless you specifically deselect the option on save) a PDF compatible file.
Whether you save as AI or PDF is meaningless. InDesign will only take the PDF portion of the file anyway.
Saving as AI without the PDF compatibility will not work. You won't be able to place the graphic and will get a text frame telling you so.
I wasn't suggesting for a minute that you should turn the option off, btw - I was merely pointing out that there was no need to create a separate (pdf) document from the original ai file as it already existed!