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Adobe Illustrator - Package feature

Question:

What is "Package" in Adobe Illustrator and how do I do that?

 

Answer:

You can gather the files you’ve used, including fonts and linked graphics, for easy handoff. When you package a file, you create a folder that contains the Illustrator document, any necessary fonts, linked graphics, and a package report. This report, which is saved as a text file, includes the information about the packaged files.

Here are detailed instructions:

  1. Open your file in Adobe Illustrator.
  2. If possible, resolve any errors concerning missing links or fonts.
  3. Go to File: Package.
  4. Specify the folder and location settings:
    Location - Specify the location to create the packaged folder

    Folder Name
    - Specify a name for the package. By default, the name of the folder is derived from the name of the Illustrator document. 

  5. Specify the following options:
     Copy Links - Copies linked graphics and files to the package folder location.
     
    Collect Links in a Separate Folder - Creates a Links folder and places all linked assets in that folder. If not selected, assets are copied to the same folder level as the .ai file.
     
    Relink Linked files to the Document - Changes links to the package folder location. If not selected, a packaged Illustrator document maintains links to assets in the original location, and assets are collected in the package anyway.
     
    Copy Fonts used in the Documents (Except CJK) - Copies all necessary font files, not the entire font family.
    Note:A warning displays when you package fonts. Check your license agreement to see if you’re permitted to copy fonts.

    Create Report - Creates a summary report to accompany the packaged files. It includes a summary of spot color objects, all used and missing fonts, missing links, and details of all linked and embedded images.

  6. Click Package.
  7. Find the new folder that Illustrator created and verify that it contains copies of all required files.
  8. Right-click the folder and choose “Compress” (Mac) or “Send to ZIP” (Windows, might be something different but similar depending on what software you have installed). This will zip it up into a nice neat single file package for transferring to your service provider (Cornerstone Graphic Tech, LLC).

    If the file size is less than 10MB, you can probably safely e-mail it. If it’s more than 10mb, then you should use some other method (DropBox, our FTP Server, YouSendIt, web server, etc.) to share the file.

If you'd like to watch a great video tutorial by Adobe on this subject you can watch it here.