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Illustrator to PDF

Is there a way to PDF an illustrator document, so that only the contents of the artboard are in the PDF?


I always have to open acrobat and crop out work stuff around the edges, or masked areas.

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Monkey II
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Yes -- export as pdf

spires
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no, it exports the entire contents of the document. Did you read the post?

eskimokiss
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don't have anything outside the edges. simple

Monkey II
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YES I did -- but you can redefine your art board with one of the tools. Export it as pdf -- and it will crop automatically.

Monkey II
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Or export all to pdf -- crop it in photoshop. 1 minute job.

bortwein
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In CS2, the Save As: PDF function crops to the Artboard size... what version are you using?

mezo
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What bort said.

Monkey II
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I told spires that in the first post. I got bashed. T_T

eskimokiss
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don't worry, it's just spires

staffell
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what everyone said

Monkey II
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what staff said

bortwein
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Try Save as EPS, then drag it into Acrobat Distiller. Or what eskimo said.

etherbrian
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Create a box the same size as your artboard, vertically and horizontally align it to the page, then select Object/Crop Area/Make (shift-command-K). Voila!

kayceislost

oh you could open up indesign, and drag the document to indesign, and then save it as a pdf.

spires
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I'm using CS; I guess that's the issue. They must have fixed it in the next version.

bortwein
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Actually the EPS to Distiller thing doesn't work like you want it to so scratch that...

spires
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thanks all! I'll just have to get CS2

bortwein
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Acrobat has a crop tool if you have an pro version

spires
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yeah, that's what I've been doing bort, but I'd rather trim the extra step

spires
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oh, and monkeyII .. i didn't bash you; sorry that you took it that way though

mezo
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You can crop in CS. Stop being lazy!

Monkey II
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In the end -- Indesign does layout-stuff the best^^

Monkey II
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I was only kidding spires =D

spires
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I'm not lazy; from illustrator masked areas export as blank space on pdf's, which shifts where on the page the document will print.

I'm trying to make documents print-fool-proof for people who aren't familiar enough with printing. I could open the document up in acrobat and trim, which is what I have been doing, but I'd rather illustrator just export the contents of the artboard only.

My computer sort of sucks and the simple things take extra time. Any steps I can eliminate would make things much quicker and easier for me.

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