Prepare and export ready for print in Adobe Illustrator Ep19/19 [Adobe Illustrator for Beginners]

[ Opening Music ]>>Hello, and welcome
to this video tutorial, brought to you by In the previous video,
we finalized our poster and t-shirt design
by adding type. In this video, we are now going to prepare the artwork
for print. Getting your artwork complete
to a design is one thing, though making sure the
printer receives your artwork to print it exactly to
your design, is another. Before I send my
artwork to print, there are a few things I
need to prepare, review, and be certain are correct
before sending the artwork off to be printed. So, here we are where we left
off in the previous episode, and here I have this skull
final composition document open. I have to find designs on
Artboard three and four and the development
vector assets above on artboards one and two. If you’re following along from
the previous video, great. Make sure you have your
document open and ready, though if you’re new to this
course and wish to follow along, you will need to open
up this document. This can be found in the export
folder in the project folder. You can download this
project folder for free. The document link is
in the description. So, with the project folder
open, click test project, export, exporting, versions,
and select the version of illustrator you’re using. In my case, it’s CC and open
the Skull Final Composition document, and you should have
something that looks like this. Now, if you’re new to
this course, chances are, you will not have
the fonts installed. These fonts can be downloaded
absolutely free from, and you can find the links to
these fonts in the description. So, now we should all have
our document open like this. Now before we prepare
the artwork to export, I’m just going to cover what
we are going to build up to. So, here are two PDF documents
I have exported earlier. To the left is the
poster design, and to the right is
the T-shirt design. And I’m currently looking at
this in Adobe Acrobat Reader. So, what is a PDF? Well, for those of you
that are not familiar with the PDF format, PDF stands
for portable document format. PDFs can be exported from
most word-processing, desktop publishing,
and creative programs. PDF is a universal file
format that can be opened on all computers that have a
basic PDF viewer installed. I am using Acrobat Pro,
which comes as part of the Creative Cloud. Though, you can download a
simple PDF viewer version for free. A PDF document can contain
a large amount of pages in the form of a leaflet,
presentation, or magazine. PDF documents are files that
are well-received by printers in order to print a
document to specification. When it comes to printing your
work, most printers require you to include marks and bleeds, which help the printer
accurately print and trim your work to spec.
These two PDFs were exported individually from the main
document we have been developing over the previous episodes. So, if we look carefully at
the first PDF on the left, we can see that this is just one
page, and we can see a number of marks and guides
around the outside. Now, these are bleed and crop
marks that the printer is going to use to correctly
trim the artwork. Also, we have some color squares to help the printer collaborate
the colors accurately with their printers. All these marks and guides have
been generated upon exporting the artwork from the
Illustrator document, and we will be taking a look
at how to do this very shortly. Over on the right, we have
the T-shirt artwork PDF. Now this is a little different
from the poster example. This artwork is going to
be printed onto a T-shirt. So, we can see here
that the artwork is set on a white background,
and some of the color in the skull artwork
is also white. This is where the color of
the T-shirt is going to come through and fill these areas. Notice on this example, we do
not have any marks and bleeds. Well, this design is not
going to be printed on paper. This will become a transfer
that will be heat-pressed onto a T-shirt, so we do not
need the marks and bleeds here. So, now I’m going to come back in to the final artwork
document, to which I’ll soon demonstrate
how to export the artwork. Though, before I
begin exporting, I want to review my document
and adjust the structure so it’s ready to export. I’m going to follow a simple
checklist and, after this, I should be confident
my artwork is ready to export, ready for print. So, first on my checklist
is document bleed. So, first of all, I can see
I have my red bleed margins around the outside of
my canvas artboard. Normally, if my artwork is
full-bleed, I would have to make sure my artwork expands to meet the edges of
these bleed lines. Though, on this occasion,
I want a nice wide margin around my background yellow. Now, these margins were
created at the very start, when the document was set up. Currently, these margins
are set to five millimeters, though if for any reason, your printer tells you you
need a different bleed value — let’s say, 10 — well, you can
simply come up to the top menu, click file, scroll
down to document setup, and you can see your
bleed values here. Let’s say I change these
to 10 and click OK. The margin values will change. But on this occasion,
you can see they are now all overlapping. Well, now it’s a case of coming
over to the artboard panel, clicking on the top right menu,
selecting rearrange artboards, click OK, and that should space
the artboards appropriately. Though, I’m just going to
undo that for now and go back to five millimeter bleed. Next on my checklist is layers
and artwork organization. Up until now, creating
this poster and T-shirt design has
been a creative process, and we have not been worrying
too much about the organization. Though, once we have
finished the design, we should take some time
to organize the artwork, especially if your document
contains multiple designs like mine does. Currently, we have
both the poster and the T-shirt artwork
on a single layer. This is okay but will prove
a little problematic later, which you will soon see. What I’m going to do here
is simply place each design on its own layer. So, I’m going to rename
the current layer, all the artwork is on from
coloring to poster design. I’m going to press Command
L to create a new layer, and I’m going to rename this
layer to T-shirt design. Then, I’m going to
use the selection tool to select the entire
T-shirt artwork and press Command X to cut. Then, click onto the new
T-shirt design layer, and press Command-Shift
V to paste in place. Excellent. So, now my two designs
are nicely organized on two separate layers. Next on my checklist
is type elements. Now, we have some type
elements in our designs. What we need to do here is make
a decision how we are going to manage the type elements. On this occasion, I
want my entire artwork to be a flat, vector shape. So, I’m going to select each
type element in my design, and I may have to ungroup
some of the compositions to select the text objects
individually, like so. Once I have them all selected,
I’m going to right click and select Create Outlines. Upon click, what were previously
type objects have now been converted into vector shapes and can no longer be
edited with a type tool. These are now vector shapes much
like the rest of the artwork. Now, you don’t have to do this,
though it’s just something I like to do to complete
my artwork. Next on my checklist is Colors. Now, I have two designs here
that are destined to be printed on two different
types of material. The poster will be
printed on paper, and the T-shirt design
will be printed onto a magenta-colored T-shirt. Currently, I have
the magenta-color in my T-shirt artwork
for preview purposes. Now, I need to remove
all of this color. I can do this really easy by first selecting the
background solid color and deleting it. Next, I need to get rid
of all the magenta color in the artwork itself. We can see that is a
lot, and it’s going to be a little time
consuming picking it all out and deleting it. A quick way is to use
the Magic Wand tool. So, I’m going to
come over to the menu and select the Magic Wand
tool, and then I’m going to click a magenta color
part of my artwork. Upon click, all the magenta has
been selected in my artwork. Now, I’m just going
to press delete, and that will quickly remove
all that color from the design. Easy. Finally, I need to check to make sure all my
colors are correct, so I don’t get any feedback
from the printers telling me that my colors are
incorrect and need changing. Now, my poster design
to the left is fine. This is going to be
printed with a CMYK printer, as long as it’s looking
how I want it on screen, I should expect the result
I want after printing. Though, I need to pay particular
attention to the T-shirt design. Unlike the poster, the color
here needs to be pantone colors. So, before sending off to print, I have to make sure
these are all correct. So, again, I can use the
Magic Wand tool here. If I press Y on the keyboard, I can activate the
Magic Wand tool. So, with this tool,
I’m going to click on the yellowish-green
color and, hopefully, all of the color elements I want in that color should be
selected in my artwork. This will indicate they
are all the same color. If not, I will have to
re-evaluate the color of the vectors to make
sure they are all correct. If I look closely in
my swatches panel, I can see the correct
pantone swatch is highlighted. If I double-click on the pantone
swatch, I can see the values and confirm it to
be a pantone color. So, I’ll continue to
click on all other colors within my artwork and
use the same technique, checking in the swatches panel to make sure the correct
pantone color is applied. So, once I have gone
through my checklist, and I am happy everything is
correct, I can now proceed to export my PDFs ready to
send over to the printer. Now, I could send the PDF
as one document consisting of both the poster and
the T-shirt artwork, though since the designs
contain separate color types, I’m going to make it simple
and create two documents. So, I’m going to start
with the poster design. Now, also keep in mind that
this document contains four artboards, and my final
designs are placed on artboards three and four. So, I’m going to come
to File and Save As. Upon click, we will get the
Save To menu that will ask us where we want save the file. So, I’ll go ahead and
type in a document name. I’ll call this Poster Design. Now, since we are in
Illustrator, by default, the default format is
going to be set to AI. And you can see this at the
bottom of the Save As window. What we’re going to do here
is toggle the file format. So, I’ll click the
Options button, and here we can see
a range of options. Here I’m going to choose PDF. Upon click, we can see some new
options become available below. Now, remember the document
is made of four artboards. Well, here I only want to
export the poster, so I’m going to click on Range
and type in three, as that’s the artboard
my poster is on. So then, I’m going
to click Save. Now, up should pop a
new PDF settings menu. Here, we are going to configure
some of the PDF options. So, from the top, I’m going
to click on the PDF presets and select High Quality. This is going to guarantee
my artwork is exported to a maximum quality. Coming down on the options,
I’m going to make sure View PDF After Saving is checked. This will open the
PDF upon export to which we can take a look at
our exported file very quickly. Now, on the left-hand side, we
have a list of other criteria. I’m going to click
on Marks and Bleeds. Here, I can set what marks and
bleeds are generated on my PDF. Now, I’m just going to click on
all printer marks and bleeds, and all the boxes
will be ticked. You can also uncheck
these individually if you don’t want to, for
example, if you don’t want to include the color bars, you
can simply click it to toggle that off and back on again. Next on bleeds, I’m
going to make sure that Use Document Bleeds
Settings is checked, as we have already set
up our bleed margins in our document to
five millimeters. If you ever find
yourself exporting artwork and you have not set up your
bleed margins beforehand, simply type in a value here. Once I’m happy, I
will press Save PDF. And then up should
pop your new PDF. And we can see our new marks
and bleeds have been included. This document is now ready
to go over to the printers. Excellent. So, back in the document,
this time I’m going to export off the
T-shirt design. So, just like earlier, I’m
going to come to File, Save As. Upon click, we will get the
Save menu, that will ask us where we want to save
the file, as usual. So, I’ll go ahead and
type in a document name. I’ll call this T-shirt Design. Then, I’ll come to the bottom and toggle a format
from AI to PDF. This time, I will type four
into range, being the artwork in my document with
the T-shirt design on. I’ll click Save, and that will
pop the PDF properties info. I will choose High Quality
from the Adobe PDF preset. This time however, I’ll
click on the Marks and Bleeds and make sure that no marks
and guides are selected. Then, I’ll click Save PDF. And there is my T-shirt design,
ready to go over to the printers to be pressed onto the
magenta-colored T-shirt. Excellent. So, that covers how to export
a PDF in Adobe Illustrator, and that completes
the beginner’s guide to Adobe Illustrator. Well, I hope you enjoyed
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