How to export a file in Adobe Illustrator and still have it be a vector?


I am new to Adobe Illustrator. I created a simple image with a shape and some text and wanted to create a vector image. So I basically created the shape and the text. Then right-clicked and selected "Create Outlines" from the drop-down menu, which did create outlines.

Then I went ahead to export the image as a .png file. It was saved. But the problem is that when i open it with Windows Photo Viewer and increase its size, it becomes pixelated. So what should I do to make it a vector?

7/2/2014 12:26:00 PM

It's the .png format that is the problem.

.png is a raster format that will not upsize very well, just like any raster format.

You need to save it in a vector format, such as:

  • .ai - You'll most likely want to save everything to this format for your own safe keeping because it retains all editability unlike other formats. You would then save the same file to another format to use elsewhere.
  • .pdf - Typically the format you'll want to send to a client, print or even use in a website, if it's like info graphic or something like that. Typically you don't embed pdf into a website.
  • .eps - Older print format.
  • .svg - Typically used in websites in place of images that would "normally" be .jpg, .png or .gif. .svg is not natively supported by all browsers ( IE ).
7/2/2014 12:12:00 PM