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As you work on projects here inside of Illustrator, there will undoubtedly come a time when you need to send out a high-resolution representation of the artwork that you're working on. In this movie, I'm going to walk you through how to send out a high-resolution file to a printer, to a client, or whomever might be needing that high-res file. In order to do this, you just need to have the file open, like I do here on my screen. You're going to go up to the File menu, and you're going to go down to the Export command. This is a little bit different then the standard save as command. I'll drag this in, so you can see it, and down at the bottom, you have a Save as type.
In this menu, you can pick various options, like JPG, TIFF, and also PSD, or Photoshop document. For this business card design, I'm going to pick TIFF. TIFF stands for Tagged Image File Format, and it's used all the time in commercial printing. In fact, there are a lot of printers that require some of the files sent to them in a TIFF format. Or maybe I'm sending this out in an InDesign project, and I need a high-resolution TIFF for that; this is great for that as well. You'll notice it appends the file extension .tif to the file.
Once I hit Save, it's going to bring me into the TIFF Options. I can then select things like the Color Model. If I designed this in CMYK, I want to keep it in CMYK. This is not the time to be converting this over to a different color mode; you need to do that in Illustrator, or you need to do that in the final output. For now, I'm going to leave it on CMYK. Resolution; this is where I can control just how good the quality is for this image. I have the choice of High, Medium, or Screen. Screen is set to 72 pixels per inch, because that's the native resolution of most monitors.
Medium is set to 150 pixels per inch; this will be suitable for printing out on something like an inkjet printer. And then High is going to be used for commercial print, or high-resolution graphics. In this case, I'll pick 300 pixels per inch. You can also set the Anti-aliasing options. In this case, you can choose None, Art Optimized, or Type Optimized. In this case, I think Art Optimized is probably your best bet, and generally it probably will be. If you're not sure exactly what anti-aliasing is, you can click this little information bubble, and it will actually come up with a little thing explaining what anti-aliasing is.
LZW Compression; if you check LZW Compression, basically what this is going to do is help compress the file size of the file. It's not going to affect the overall quality of the file, though, like you would see in a JPEG, for instance. TIFF is what we call a lossless format, meaning you can compress it, and it will not lose quality. You can also open it, edit it, and save it multiple times, and it won't lose quality as well, whereas a JPEG, every time you open and save a JPEG, technically, you degrade it a little bit, and when you compress a JPEG, you can cause some nasty artifacts to appear on your image.
This time, I'll choose LZW Compression, just to reduce the file size a little bit. You can also choose to embed your ICC profile if you're using one. In this case, I'll maintain the U.S. Web Coded (SWOP) v2; that's the general setting for prepress. Then I'll hit OK. Once I do that, my file is now saved. If I jump into the Adobe Bridge, I now have this high_res.tif file, and if I go into the File menu, and I go down to File Info, I can see all the different types of data that are associated with it.
Here, I can see the image size is 1225 pixels by 675 pixels, and the resolution is indeed at 300 pixels per inch. That's perfect, since I'm sending it out for print. I'll hit Cancel, and I can jump back into Illustrator. So if you're dealing with a printer that requires a TIFF graphic, or a high-resolution JPEG, or if you're sending this out for an InDesign project that someone requests high-resolution graphics as well, try using the Export command, and choosing JPEG or TIFF. It'll be a great way to get your Illustrator graphics out of Illustrator, and into a high-res format that's usable in any raster editing application.
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