Efficient and standardized PDF export without exporting hidden illustrator content
The current illustrator "save as" saves all illustrator content, but hides data that is not on the selected "save as" pages. This puts content that I don't want published at risk (the pdf can be opened in illustrator to reveal all content) as well as creates very inefficient and bloated PDF's. I have to either create a seperate illustrator file that deletes all artboards and content that I don't want exported, then save as PDF, or save as PDF (with all content) and open the PDF in illustrator after export to delete the hidden content and resave.
is inconsistant with indesign
I always save my Illustrator Artwork to PDF for final output,
1) if I save ALL artboards – my newly saved PDF will stay open in Illustrator,
2)if I select at the bottom of the window only certain artboards, saving will create a PDF that I then have to open in Illustrator or Acrobat
With option 1) in Illustrator I then have to select all hidden layers and delete them,
yes it's bothersome and could be improved.
It's very tricky as you always have to check at the top of your working window, what file format you are in and not delete layers in a master Illustrator file as opposed to a final artwork output for print...
An export option for PDF would make sense rather than a save as option, this would be my preferred solution.
thanks in advance!!
How to save to PDF only artboard and not overlapping content?
- create artboard
- put psd in it, bigger than artboard
- click save as
expected result: pdf with data from artboard
real result: pdf with data from artboard and outside artboard ("hiddendata") which is bigger
There is a tool within acrobat to delete the hidden data, but we dont want this extra step.
'Saving' is not 'exporting', you surely understand that (as 'Open' is not 'Import' too).
AI don't export PDF, it saves it.
As far I can see without going into tech, there's two 'layers' inside such PDF, with native art you edit in AI and real PDF data, which is synced with native one.
I don't know how much people save and work in PDF-format (I rarely do), but I can't just take away this possibility and force them to export every time and import every time instead of open-save.
What you can really hope for, is a tick 'Don't save hidden content' in 'Save as' options