Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing for print in Illustrator, part of Designing a Magazine Cover.
Now our cover is ready, let's look at our printing options, and getting a print-ready…PDF out of Illustrator is more or less the same as creating one in InDesign…So I am going to come to the File menu, and I am going to choose Save a Copy.…I am choosing Save a Copy so that it makes the PDF but retains the Illustrator document…as the open document.…And then I am going to just append that _final to the file name, change the format to Adobe PDF,…and then we come to the Save Adobe PDF options.…
And same sort of options as we saw in InDesign, we have the same presets available to us as…we have in InDesign, and if you had made any presets there, they will also show up here…I am going to use as my starting point the PDF/X-1a standard.…This is just one standard.…You will want to check with your printer about what specifically they want to receive from you…But I am going to use this standard which is going to create an Acrobat 4 compatible file.…
Compression options, we've seen these before.…Anything bigger than 450 pixels per inch, down-sample to 300, Maximum Image Quality,…
- The history of magazine covers
- Choosing a cover image
- Making color and tonal adjustments to the image
- Placing and positioning the masthead
- Positioning, scaling, and cropping the cover image
- Creating a color palette
- Adding cover text
- Creating a peeling sticker effect
- Preparing for print
Skill Level Intermediate
1. An Overview of Magazine Cover Design
2. Planning the Cover
3. Creating the Cover in InDesign
4. Preparing for Print
5. Alternative Workflows: Photoshop
6. Alternative Workflows: Illustrator
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