Adobe Illustrator/Illustrator CS

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I have Windows XP operating system and Illustrator CS. I am not sure how much hard drive space and Ram installed, However I don't think this info will pertain to my question. Is there a way to put a contour line around an object/shape in Illustrator so when I export to a plotter it will cut this shape? I have a Roland Soljet Pro3 XC-540 that prints and cuts.
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HI Linda,

I am not familiar with your cutting equipment personally, but my printer uses my illustrator files to do plotter cuts for me using just the AI file and the paths supplied in the file using the pen tool. Otherwise you can export out a DWG/DXF for CAD if that helps. It really depends on what the plotter software will accept.

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Kevin

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Kevin Stohlmeyer

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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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I am an Adobe Certified Instructor for Adobe Illustrator and have been teaching this software in college/higher education and for an Adobe Authorized Training Center since 2000. I have been an active user of Adobe Illustrator as a professional graphic designer since 1994. I am also the author of the Adobe Illustrator Certified Expert Exam. I am a published author for Adobe Inspire Magazine, writing articles on Creative Suite applications including Photoshop, Illustrator and the Adobe Touch apps.

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