New Document: Illustrator

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The following data sheet explains how to properly setup and save files in Adobe Illustrator for the purpose of printing in the Digital Output Center at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Step 1: Setup color preferences for the application to “North America Prepress 2”.

Select “Color Settings” from the edit drop down menu and select “North America Prepress 2” from the setting drop down menu.

Screenshot: Color Settings
Screenshot: NA Prepress 2

Step 2: Create a new document.

Select "New" from the file drop down menu. Set document profile to “Basic RGB” & units to “Inches”. Specify your print/document size & bleed. Under the “Advanced” make sure color mode is “RGB”, raster effects are “High” and preview mode is set to “Overprint”.

Screenshot: File > New
Screenshot: New Document Dialogue Box
Screenshot: Advanced

Step 3: Design your image/layout.

Step 4: Save your file as PDF/X4:2008.

Select “Save As” under the file menu and select the “PDF” format. In the PDF options dialogue select the “[PDF/X4:2008]” preset.

Screenshot: File > Save As
Screenshot: Save As "Adobe PDF"
Screenshot: PDF Dialogue Box

Complying with recommended file types will greatly reduce the likelihood of issues that may delay the production of your work.

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