Export a design for Print Usage, preserving the vector


I am designing a Banner Flex of big size. 6mx8ft. I built this using illustrator, as it has specific tools for vector graphics. Such big document size cannot be created on illustrator or any other adobe product. SO i created a document size on ratio of 1:10. Now when I am trying to export it, either the image will be rasterised which would kill the vector part or another send the source. And if i send them the source file, it has a big risk of being abused. So i need a solution for this.

How to do this or what is best way to do so?

1/22/2012 2:00:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Thanks for the very nice replies, but none of them solved my problem. So here is a little trick i used.

Although, software like illustrator, in-design restrict the maximum document size, Photoshop on the other hand does not. So, here is what i did.

  • Created the 100% document size of actual print requirements.
  • Imported the illustrator source file as a smart layer.
  • Re sized it to the fit the document.
  • Flattened the layers
  • Exported the image as TIFF format.

The file size was exceptionally big, but i got the job done.

1/29/2012 5:38:00 AM

Illustrator can save an .ai file as Adobe PDF.

Check with the company who will produce the banner what type of PDF, RGB or CMYK, will work best for them, and their preferred color profile.

File>Save as... Adobe PDF (pdf). Choose an appropriate Adobe PDF preset, such as [High Quality Print] for RGB or PDF/X-1a for CMYK.

Be sure to uncheck "Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities".

The Vector data will be saved within the pdf, and will be printable and resizable.