How you construct an Adobe Illustrator file can directly affect onscreen appearance and printing. Illustrator can take longer to display and print complex files (or not print them at all). Factors like printer RAM and resolution also affect Illustrator files. But the best way to make sure that Illustrator displays and prints your file quickly is to create an efficient Illustrator file.
To create efficient Adobe Illustrator files, do one or more of the following:
If you print to a PostScript Level 1 or to a PostScript-compatible device, choose File > Print > Graphics and select Compatible Gradient Printing. Examples of PostScript-compatible devices include the Apple Personal LaserWriter NT and Hewlett-Packard Series II or III printer using a PostScript Level 1 cartridge. PostScript-compatible devices (also called clones) include older QMS printers, for example.
To decrease the time it takes to print an Illustrator document, do one or more of the following:
The greater the number or combination of elements listed below, the more memory-intensive the Illustrator document. Effects and elements that have the potential to be memory intensive or complex include: