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One feature that Illustrator users have been clamoring for for a long time is the ability to package the artwork that they create inside of Illustrator and then distribute that artwork to a third party. And this is something you've been able to do in programs like InDesign for a long time. You've able to package your files, including fonts, graphics, and photos, et cetera, and then put that into a folder and send it out to someone, like a printer or another colleague or whoever it might be. And now you have that same ability inside of Adobe Illustrator CS6 with this new Cloud update.
So what you need to do is just go to the File menu and choose Package, and once you do that, it tells you the document must be saved, and that's okay. Just click Save to save it, if it hasn't been saved yet. Once you save the document, it goes through the process and brings up the Packaging dialog box. It then tells you the location of where this is going to be saved, and I'll just click this and put it out on my desktop and hit Choose. It gives it a folder name, cloud_updates_Folder. That's fine. And then you determine exactly what comes along with this. So do you want to copy the links? Yes, I do.
That means this linked image here. Do I want to collect links in a separate folder? Yes, I do. Relink linked files to the document? Yes, indeed. Copy the fonts used in the document except for a few different fonts. These are going to be stuff like Chinese fonts and things like that. Those will not be included. And then finally, do you want to create a report that tells you exactly what has been packaged. And I do want to do all that, so I'm going to leave all those checked and then I'm going to click the Package button. Once I click the Package button, you're going to get a warning that tells you that restrictions apply to copying font software for use by a service provider.
Basically, what this is saying is, please don't illegally transfer fonts between one another, and I know this is something that they're trying to police with this. If you want to see this each and every time, just simply hit OK, or you can say, Don't Show Again and then hit OK. Once you do that, it packages up your Illustrator artwork, and once it does, it comes up and says the package was created successfully. To view the package contents, press Show Package. So, I'll press that. It brings up the folder for me and now I see I've got my file, I've got the fonts used, I've also got the links, and I've got a text document.
And once I get that open, you'll see the report and inside of the report it tells me the document name, the color mode, all of the information about the file. It also tells me the fonts, any embedded or missing fonts, and also tells me the linked images and some information about those. It would also show me embedded images as well. And so this is a great way to get a report of exactly what's included inside this folder, so when you send this to a commercial printer, or whoever you might be sending it to, they can open this up and make sure everything is in place like you say it is, and that way you can avoid confusion in the future.
So again, the next time you need to take artwork and package it out of Illustrator, you no longer have to do that in programs like InDesign. You can just do that right within Illustrator by going to File and selecting Package, and that's part of the new Illustrator CS6 Cloud Update.
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