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pseudojag
Cleanest workflow to scale-down uneccesarily large AI files
on May 17, 2006 at 3:26:57 am

Howdy Cowpokes,

Recently, I was given a huge, layered illustrator file. It was so big that every operation involving the file made the otherwise quick G5 (running


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Mike Gondek
Re: Cleanest workflow to scale-down uneccesarily large AI files
on May 17, 2006 at 9:42:47 pm

Use object >> rasterize to res down your embedded images in illustrator.

I personally prefer to link to placed images(that taht keeps your .ai's small & fast), and in that case you can res the image down in Photoshop using imaeg size as you menionted.

You can also when saving as a .ai turn off PDF compatibility. That checkbox comes up after clicking save on a new file, or use save as to get to the menu on an old file. I know you need that for placing .ai files in InDesign, btu a very very very very wasteful setting that Adobe keeps on by default. I do not rememebr After Effects needing that on, but I could be wrong.


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