Packaging your Project for Handoff in Adobe Illustrator
What I want to do now, I want to show you how we can take this content here and we can hand it off to somebody else. Okay? 'Cause it's pretty important. All right? If you take a look at this text right here, for instance, if you were to select that text, you don't have to, but if I were to select that, that is actual text and it's got a font applied to it. If we send this file to somebody else, we need to send that font or at least make it so that they can get it. Okay? If you look down here, I faked it out. Oh no, that's actually text. A lot of the times I'll actually make it into paths just so you don't have to send the font. Don't worry about that. We'll talk about that tomorrow. If we need to send this to somebody else though, we can now package it. We can grab it all together and send it off. To do that, come under File. And you will see Package. So go ahead and choose Package. This is at the end of the process usually. You know, you're kind of getting ready to be done. Maybe you ...
need to take this file with all the links, and the fonts, and different things like that. You need to send it off to your printer, or a coworker, or whatever. You need, I actually do this to archive. Because I get lazy. I'll link this stuff all over my hard drive and I'll just, this is a quick way to copy it and pull it together. It's gonna say, where do you want to put it? You can if you want to put it somewhere. I'm gonna actually put it on my desktop. So it's not going in there. There we go. Now, there we go. It is actually gonna make a folder for us and put all of the copied content into it. The thing I cannot stand is that it's gonna actually put the word folder on the folder. So you can probably remove that. I think we know it's a folder. But that's good. And then, it's gonna copy all your links, images, different things you've got in there. You're gonna see it's gonna collect into a separate folder. It's gonna make sure that all the new images that it copies into the folder, it's, all the Illustrator file, it's linking to the new images. Not the old ones. This is the biggest thing right here. Copy fonts used in document, except Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Typekit. You cannot package Typekit fonts. So, if you send this off to somebody else. If they don't have the Typekit font they need to be a CC subscriber or a Creative Cloud subscriber. And what happens, is it just indicates to them that they need the font and it will sync it to their machine if they say yes. So, but we cannot package them. The only, one of the only ways you can get the Typekit fonts we worked with into a file off to maybe a printer is to save it as a PDF. PDF actually has the fonts in there so they can actually work with it and use it. So, but in this case we can't. All right. Create Report. Funny thing, when I used to work, I used to do a lot of working on press, and pre-press, and different things like that. And every time I would send something off to somebody they would get this folder. This report is a little text file of everything you did. First thing they would do is drag it to the trash can. So, you decide if you want to do it. It's your call. Go ahead and Package. And of course it's gonna show you this dialog box, which may scare you enough to not put your fonts in there. I don't know. I'm gonna click OK. I think I feel pretty good. It's gonna take a few minutes. Now, if this takes forever you're gonna go take, go to lunch. Go do whatever. It might take a little while. But you're gonna see okay, I'm gonna click on Show Package. I actually love this. It's a simple thing, but it goes and shows you the folder. So click on Show Package and you'll see that there is my package file. There's the report. There's the AI file with the same name which I like. And it is a copy of everything. It's not the original which is good. And there's the link to PSD we had in there. So you could now obviously take this entire folder, zip it, however you do it. Send it off to whoever you need to send it to and they could use it. Okay? Like I said, if they open this up and if we used a Typekit font, they'll get an error, a warning message saying, what do you want to do. You can sync it if you want. Okay? All right. Let's go back. Does that make sense? It's pretty straight forward. InDesign does pretty much the same thing. Package it all at the end of the process or whenever you're working on it and send it off.