Adobe Illustrator/downsave


we have recently expanded our creative department, buying new macs and adobe cs6 software

we have to convert the illustrator cs6 files to illustrator cs3 files for our manufacturers. The opacity , and crop masks, become linked images upon downsaving We must have vector for manipulation and quality
What can be done?

Hi Suzanne

Unfortunately down saving so fat back will always give you a clipped document with compound paths, linked and grouped pieces. There is no way around this without building things and working only in CS3.

I wish there was a solution but that is a huge jump.



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I am an Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Freelance Professional. I travel nationally speaking on Adobe Creative Suite applications, including Illustrator and design. I can answer questions about Adobe Illustrator version CS1 through the all-new Creative Cloud.


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