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Learn how to export your artwork from Illustrator and the various export options of the supported file formats.

It's always good to export files as it allows you to reuse or restore them without creating them again.

Export artwork

  1. Choose File > Export > Export As.

  2. Select a location for the file, and enter a filename.

  3. Select a file format Save As Type (Windows) or Format (macOS).

    If your document contains multiple artboards, specify how to export the artboards.

    • To export each artboard as a separate file, select Use Artboards in the Export dialog box. 
    • To export all the artboards as a single file, select All.
    • To export only a range of artboards, specify the Range.
  4. Select Export.

Background export

When you export assets from a file using  File > Export > Exports for Screens, Illustrator runs the export process in the background by default. It helps you save a lot of time and improves productivity. Choose Preferences > File Handling & Clipboard > Export in Background to turn off background export. As you can continue to work on the file even when the file is being exported, do remember to save or export your latest changes on the file.

Check progress

To check the progress of the background export process, you can click the progress icon on the menu bar. 

If multiple files are getting exported in the background simultaneously, the individual progress for all of them is displayed. Once the export is complete, you'll receive a message.

If you want to stop the export process for any file, select Cancel in the progress bar.

Note:
  • Currently, only the raster file formats, .png and .jpg, can be exported in the background. The .svg and .pdf file formats follow the standard export process.
  • If you select a combination of raster file formats and .svg/.pdf file formats, the export process will not run in the background.

File formats for exporting artwork

AutoCAD Drawing and AutoCAD Interchange File (DWG and DXF)

  • AutoCAD Drawing is the standard file format for saving vector graphics created in AutoCAD. 
  • AutoCAD Interchange File is a drawing interchange format for exporting AutoCAD drawings to or importing drawings from other applications. For more information, see AutoCAD export options

BMP

A standard Windows image format. For more information, see BMP export options

Enhanced Metafile (EMF)

Widely used by Windows applications as an interchange format for exporting vector graphics data. Illustrator may rasterize some vector data when exporting artwork to EMF format.

JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group)

JPEG is a standard format for displaying images over the web. Commonly used to save photographs. It retains all color information in an image but compresses file size by selectively discarding data. For more information, see JPEG export options.

Macintosh PICT

Used with macOS graphics and page-layout applications to transfer images between applications. PICT is especially effective at compressing images with large areas of solid color.

Photoshop (PSD)

The standard Photoshop format. If your artwork contains data that cannot be exported to Photoshop format, Illustrator preserves the appearance of the artwork by merging the layers in the document or by rasterizing the artwork. For more information, see Photoshop export options.

PNG (Portable Network Graphics)

Used for lossless compression and for display of images on the web. PNG preserves transparency in grayscale and RGB images. For more information, see PNG export options

Targa (TGA)

Designed for use on systems that use the Truevision® video board. For more information, see Targa export options.

Text Format (TXT)

Used to export text in an illustration to a text file. For more information, see Export text.

TIFF (Tagged-Image File Format)

Used to exchange files between applications and computer platforms. TIFF is a flexible bitmap image format supported by most paint, image-editing, and page-layout applications. Most desktop scanners can produce TIFF files. For more information, see TIFF export options.

Windows Metafile (WMF)

An intermediate exchange format for 16‑bit Windows applications. WMF format is supported by almost all Windows drawing and layout programs. However, it has limited vector graphics support, and wherever possible, EMF format should be used in place of WMF format.

Note:
  • You can export multiple artboards only to the following formats: SWF, JPEG, PSD, PNG, and TIFF.
  • You can also save an image as a PNG or JPEG file using the Save For Web & Devices command.

AutoCAD export options

When you export artwork to either DXF or DWG format, you can set the following options:

Auto CAD DXF/DWG Export Options dialog box
Auto CAD DXF/DWG Export Options

AutoCAD Version

Specifies the version of AutoCAD that supports the exported file.

Scale

Enter values for Scale Units to specify how Illustrator interprets length data when writing the AutoCAD file.

Scale Lineweights

Scales the lineweights, along with the rest of the drawing, in the exported file.

Number of Colors

Determines the color depth of the exported file

Raster File Format

Specifies whether images and objects that are rasterized during export are saved in PNG or JPEG format. Only PNG supports transparency; if you need to preserve appearance to the maximum extent possible, choose PNG.

Preserve Appearance

Select if you need the appearance to be maintained and don’t need to make edits to the exported file. Selecting this option may lead to a significant loss of editability. For example, text may be outlined and effects will be rasterized. You can select this option or Maximum Editability, but not both.

Maximum Editability

Select if the need to edit the file in AutoCAD outweighs the need for maintaining appearance. This option may lead to significant loss of appearance, especially if you’ve applied style effects. You can select this option or Preserve Appearance, but not both.

Export Selected Art Only

Exports only the artwork in the file that is selected at the time of export. If no artwork is selected, a blank file is exported.

Alter Paths For Appearance

Changes the paths in AutoCAD to maintain the original appearance, if necessary. For example, if during the export, a path overlaps other objects and changes their appearance, this option alters the path to maintain the objects’ appearance.

Outline Text

Converts all text to paths before export to maintain appearance. Illustrator and AutoCAD may interpret text attributes differently. Select this option to maintain maximum visual fidelity (at the cost of editability). If you need to edit the text in AutoCAD, don’t select this option.

Always Export Group as Block Reference

Select this if you need to export a group of objects available in an artwork as a block in DWG/DXF file format.

Note:

By default, white strokes or fills in Illustrator artwork are exported to the AutoCAD formats as black strokes or fills, and black strokes or fills in Illustrator are exported to the AutoCAD format as white.

BMP and TARGA export options

When you export artwork to BMP or Targa format, you can set the following options:

Color Model

Determines the color model of the exported file.

Resolution

Determines the resolution of the exported file.

Anti-aliasing

Removes jagged edges in the artwork by supersampling it. Deselecting this option helps maintain the hard edges of line art when it is rasterized.

Rasterize Options while exporting BMP or Targa file
Rasterize Options while exporting BMP or Targa file

JPEG export options

When you export artwork to JPEG format, you can set the following options:

jpeg export options dialog box
JPEG Export Options

Color Model

Determines the color model of the JPEG file.

Quality

Determines the quality and size of the JPEG file.

Compression Method

  • Select Baseline (Standard) to use a format recognized by most web browsers.
  • Select Baseline Optimized for optimized color and a slightly smaller file size.
  • Select Progressive to display a series of increasingly detailed scans (you specify how many) as the image downloads.

Baseline Optimized and Progressive JPEG images are not supported by all web browsers.

Resolution

Determines the resolution of the JPEG file.

Anti-aliasing

Removes jagged edges in the artwork by supersampling it. Deselecting this option helps maintain the hard edges of line art when it is rasterized.

Imagemap

Generates code for image maps. Select Client-side (.html) or Server-side (.map) to determine the type of file generated.

Embed ICC Profiles

Saves ICC profiles in the JPEG file.

Note:

Artifacts, such as wave-like patterns or blocky areas of banding, are added to a file each time you save the file as a JPEG. Always save JPEG files from the original image, not from a previously saved JPEG.

Photoshop export options

When you export artwork to PSD format, you can set the following options:

Photoshop Export Options dialog box
Photoshop Export Options

Color Model

Determines the color model of the exported file. Exporting a CMYK document as RGB, or vice versa may cause unexpected changes in the appearance of transparent areas, especially those that include blending modes. If you change the color model, you must export the artwork as a Flat Image (the Write Layers option isn’t available).

Resolution

Determines the resolution of the exported file.

Flat Image

Merges all layers and exports the Illustrator artwork as a rasterized image. Choosing this option preserves the visual appearance of the artwork.

Write Layers

Exports groups, compound shapes, nested layers, and slices as separate, editable Photoshop layers. Nested layers that are more than five levels deep are merged into a single Photoshop layer. Select Maximum Editability to export transparent objects (that is, objects with an opacity mask, a constant opacity less than 100%, or a blending mode other than Normal) as live, editable Photoshop layers.

Preserve Text Editability

Exports horizontal and vertical point type in layers (including nested layers up to five levels deep) to editable Photoshop type. Deselect this option to rasterize the text instead if it affects the appearance of the artwork.

Maximum Editability

Top-level layers become Photoshop layer sets. Transparent objects remain editable transparent objects. Also creates a Photoshop shape layer for each compound shape in a top‑level layer if doesn’t affect the appearance of the artwork. To write compound shapes with solid strokes, change the Join type to Round. Whether or not you select this option, all layers over 5 levels deep are merged into a single Photoshop layer.

Anti-aliasing

Removes jagged edges in the artwork by supersampling it. Deselecting this option helps maintain the hard edges of line art when it’s rasterized.

Embed ICC Profiles

Creates a color-managed document.

PNG export options

When you export artwork to PNG file, you can set the following options:

Resolution

Determines the resolution of the rasterized image. Higher resolution values result in better image quality but larger file sizes.

Anti-aliasing

Removes jagged edges in the artwork by supersampling it. Deselecting this option helps maintain the hard edges of line art when it is rasterized.

Interlaced

Displays low-resolution versions of the image as the file downloads in a browser.

Background Color

Specifies a color for filling transparency.

  • Transparent to preserve transparency.
  • White to fill transparency with white.
  • Black to fill transparency with black.
PNG Export Options dialog box
PNG Export Options

TIFF export options

When you export artwork to TIFF file, you can set the following options:

Color Model

Determines the color model of the exported file.

Resolution

Determines the resolution of the rasterized image.

Anti-aliasing

Removes jagged edges in the artwork by supersampling it. Deselecting this option helps maintain the hard edges of line art when it is rasterized.

TIFF Options dialog box
TIFF export Options

LZW Compression

A lossless compression method that does not discard detail from the image. Select this option to produce a smaller file.

Embed ICC Profiles

Creates a color-managed document.


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