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Even though you should probably have been saving your artwork all throughout the creation process, I realize there are some people out there that probably don't save as often as they should. So in this movie, I'm going to walk you through the process of saving a document in Illustrator. In order to save a document, you need to go up to the File menu, and you need to choose Save As. Once you choose Save As, depending on your operating system, you'll be brought to different locations on your hard drive. All you have to do is simply name your file whatever you want to name it -- in this case, I'll just call it print_ save_2 -- and then you can choose the Save as type underneath.
The Save as types that you have include a .fxg file, an Illustrator file, a PDF, an EPS, an Illustrator Template file, an SVG file, and an SVGZ file, or SVG Compressed file. Most of the time, you're just going to be saving out as a regular .AI file, for Adobe Illustrator. Once you click Save, that's only half the battle, because you're going to be brought into this other dialog box called the Illustrator Options. Once inside of the Illustrator Options, you'll be able to pick things like, are the fonts included in the document.
Options like creating a PDF compatible file, embedding ICC profiles; whether or not you use compression on the file to reduce the file size. Since there's no transparency in here, I don't have to worry about this at all, because it's already grayed out. At the bottom, I'll see warnings telling me that the Document Raster Effects settings are 72 pixels per inch. That's okay; I don't have to change that for now. And it also tells me that only fonts with appropriate permission bits will be embedded. This means if the fonts aren't free for commercial use, that they're not going to embed them into the Illustrator document. That means the people getting this file will have to have those fonts on their computer in order for the fonts to display correctly, and that's okay.
I'll hit OK, and now my file has been saved as print_save_2, and I'm now ready to go find it on my hard drive, and send it out to the client, or the commercial printer, or whoever it is I might be saving it for.
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