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Illustrator tutorial: How to export non-native formats II

Learn how to export some unusual file formats.

how to export non-native formats on Illustrator

 

This post is the second part of our guide to exporting non-native formats on Illustrator. Today, we’ll explain how to export Flash, EMF, PICT, Tiff, Targa, and Text files.

If you’d like to learn how to export PNG, JPEG, PSD, CSS, BMP, or AutoCAD files, check the first part of this guide.

 

On this article:

How to export Flash files on Illustrator?
How to export EMF files on Illustrator?
How to export Macintosh PICT files on Illustrator?
How to export Tiff files on Illustrator?
How to export Targa files on Illustrator?
How to export Text files on Illustrator?

 

How to export Flash files on Illustrator?

 

Flash is a format for vectorial graphics that you can animate or make interactive. This format is a common choice for web designers. The final graphics can be read by any browser that has the FlashPlayer plugin installed.

To export your design as a Flash file, hit File > Export > Export as.

Illustrator will display a new window that you can use to choose where do you want to place your design. Here, you can select the name of the file. In the “Save as type” field, select “Flash (*.SWF).” 

 

how to export Flash files on Illustrator

 

After you’ve saved your file, Illustrator will display a pop-up window. Here, you can adjust the settings of your Flash file.

 

how to export Flash files on Illustrator

 

Once you’ve finished setting your preferences, hit “OK.” Your Flash file is ready now!

 

How to export EMF files on Illustrator?

 

EMF stands for Enhanced Metafile. This format can be read by all the design and drawing apps provided by Windows. Illustrator will keep the main characteristics of your artwork, but all the elements that can’t be read by Windows apps will be rasterized.

To save your designs as EMF files, click File > Export > Export as.

You will see a new window where you can choose the name and location of your file. In the “Save as type” category, you will see a dropdown menu. Among all the options, choose “Enhanced Metafile (*.EMF).”

 

how to export EMF files on Illustrator

 

After you’ve finished setting your preferences, hit “OK.” Your Enhanced Metafile is ready now!

 

How to export Macintosh PICT files on Illustrator?

 

You can use Macintosh PICT files in some design and web development programs created by Apple.

To export your design as a Macintosh PICT file, press File > Export > Export as. 

In the new window, set the name of your design and choose the type of file. In this case, you have to choose “Macintosh PICT (*PCT).”

 

how to export Macintosh PICT files on Illustrator

 

Once you have set your preferences, press “Ok.” Now, your design is saved as a Macintosh PICT file.

 

How to export TIFF files on Illustrator?

 

TIFF stands for Tagged Image File Format. This computer file format stores rasterized images.

To export your design as a TIFF file, hit File > Export > Export as.

Your device will display a new window where you can set a name and a file type. In the dropdown menu, choose “TIFF (.TIF).”

 

how to export TIFF files on Illustrator

 

After you’ve set your preferences, press “OK”. Back on Illustrator, the software will display a new window with TIFF options. Here, you can set the color model, the resolution, and your anti-aliasing preferences.

 

how to export TIFF files on Illustrator

 

Once you’ve set all your preferences, press “OK.” Your TIFF file is ready!

 

How to export Targa files on Illustrator?

 

Targa files are designed to be used in systems that require video cards.

To save your design as a Targa file, go to File > Export > Export as. The format you have to choose is Targa (*TGA). 

 

how to export Targa files on Illustrator

 

After you’ve chosen a name and a file format, Illustrator will display a new window with the Rasterize Options. Here, you can adjust some parameters: Color Model, Resolution, and Anti-aliasing. 

 

how to export Targa files on Illustrator

 

Once you’ve finished setting your preferences, hit “OK.” Your Targa file is ready!

 

How to export Text files on Illustrator?

 

To export your design as a Text file, go to File > Export > Export as. You’ll see a new window, where you can set the name and format of your new file. The format that you have to choose is Text (*.TXT). 

 

how to export text files on Illustrator

 

After you’ve chosen the file type, you’ll see a new window called Text Export Options. Here, you can set your Platform and Encoding preferences.

 

how to export text files on Illustrator

 

After you’ve finished setting your preferences, hit “Export.” Now, you have exported your design as a Text file.

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