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Adobe Illustrator - Web vs. Print Workflow
This guide will show you the differences between setting up a document for print versus setting a document up for web.
Create a file for Print
- Go to the File menu and choose New.
- The new document window will appear, give the file a name.
- Directly underneath that there is a profile selector. The profile selector allows a choice between print, web devices, video and film, and basic RGB.
- To create a print document the print profile is the way to start. This will provide access to a lot of different options and set ups that correspond to a print production workflow.
- Underneath that determine the number of art boards. Just think of art boards as pages when it comes to a print composition.
- For the size, pick between some of the presets in the dropdown menu
- Either letter, legal, tabloid, or the A and B sizes. Or specify a custom size in points or switch to inches or another unit of measurement.
- Bleed is the extra area around the outside of a print document so that the artwork can be printed edge to edge without any fear that when it is trimmed there are any gaps.
- It's always best to start in CMYK first rather than switch later.
Create a file for Web
The process for creating graphics for the web, is very similar to that of creating documents for print.
- Go to the file menu, choose New.
- Inside of the new document dialogue box change the profile to web.
- Change the size, and these are based on standard web graphics sizes that might be used. However, in a web based workflow, the size is never really set in stone. So depending on the type of project these numbers will undoubtedly change.
- Customize the size just by typing in the numbers in the width and height box right here.
- The units are going to be in pixels for these types of documents.
- Pixels are the universal unit of measurement for the web and screen based graphics.
- If this box is checked, that means that objects inside of the illustrator document will automatically snap to the invisible pixel grid that exists inside of Illustrator.
In any case, the design process for web is much like that of print. There's just a few subtle differences to be aware of.
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