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Saving Your Logo
Saving our file in various formats for output.
When to use
To enhance our presentation we will add some background elements including a large, ghosted version of our logo along with a subtle copy of our custom texture.
- Open the the Adding a Background - Exercise Solution.ai file from the end of the previous lesson
- Turn the Divider Layer back on and change the weight of the stroke to 2 points
- Add a bit more space between your logos by first unlocking them and then tapping them apart with the arrow keys
- Unlock all of the layers in the file and then press Command/Ctrl+A to Select All
- Go to the Object Menu and choose 'Expand' to make sure that everything is expanded and outlined
- Lock all of the layers once again
- Go to the File Menu and choose 'Save As...' from the list
- Choose the destination where you want to save your file and change the name to 'Ragin_Bulls_Mascot_Logo_Fin'
- Change the 'Format' at the bottom of the file from Ai to an EPS file
- Before hitting Save, click the 'New Folder' button at the bottom of the window and create a folder called 'Final Logo' to save your files into
- From here you can save the file
- You will be prompted with a dialog box with various EPS settings, but for now we don't need to change any of them so you can simply press the Enter Key or hit 'OK'
- Press Command/Ctrl+Alt/Option+S to save your file as a web image and change the file type to a JPG set to maximum for the quality
- Press Command/Ctrl+0 to fit the image to the preview area so you can see the entire artboard
- You may notice that there are some white edges showing up so we will need to hit 'Cancel' and go back to our file
- Unlock the BG Layer along with the BG Texture and Ghost Logo layers and zoom in
- Grab your Direct Selection Tool (A) and click and drag around the top corner of the artboard where you see a white gap
- Hold the Shift Key and then click and drag around the bottom corner so the points on the top and bottom corners are all selected
- Tap the backgrounds over so that the entire background is filled with color
- Now we will once again do a Save for Web command by pressing Command/Ctrl+Alt/Option+S and save out our file as a maximum quality JPG to the same Final Logo folder where we saved our EPS file
- After fixing the edges of the artboard you will also need to overwrite or replace the EPS file so you have an updated version saved
- Make sure that all of your layers are unlocked and then hold down the Shift Key and select the layers that have their visibility turned off - this should be the Grunge Texture Layer, the Live Type, Fonts, and Sketch layers
- Drag all of these layers to the small trash can icon found at the bottom right of the Layers Palette to delete the layers
- Return to the File Menu and choose 'Save As...' once again
- This time change the format to Adobe PDF and then hit 'Save'
- When the dialog box appears we can choose 'Save PDF' to accept the default settings
- We have now saved out our final logo as an EPS, PDF, and JPG file
Hints & tips
- When saving out common file types such as a PDF it's a good idea to scrap any layers that you no longer need in the file. The reason for this is because sometimes these layers may appear in your final PDF even if they are not turned on.
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