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Adobe Illustrator/Illustrator CS6 - Save for Web & Devices


Just curious:   After utilizing the "Save for Web & Devices" feature I notice that my original .ai file is marked as "changed" (black dot in red circle).  Why is that?  Is the .ai file altered in some way?  Should I close the .ai file without saving just to be safe?  

And, if I have an .ai file with both graphical elements as well as embedded photos from Photoshop, what is the best file type (.png or .jpg) and resolution (.png 8 or 24/.jpg low-med-high) to use if I intend to send the image via email?

Thanks in advance!  Looking forward to hearing from you.

Hi Cheryl,

The marked file is just indicating that you have changed the save for web settings. It's ok to save after that if you wish to keep them. Otherwise just close out your doc.

If you are saving just for email and not printing, I would save out as a JPG Max quality. You can lower the quality settings while viewing in the two up mode to assure quality vs size. if there are transparent objects or background use PNG-24 to support that.



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