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Saving mega sized ai files

Saving mega sized ai files

Saving mega sized ai files

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I've created a billboard in ai that is almost 1G. Every time I try to save it crashes just at the end of the save. I've flattened the artwork. Any ideas? My large format printer is getting impatient for the file.

RE: Saving mega sized ai files

Make sure any placed are is linked, not embedded. That will just needless increase the file size.

If you have already embedded the links, pull up your Links panel, select a link and in the flyout menu choose "Relink...". Then choose the external file again but be sure to check the box that says "Link" before hitting ok.


You may want to save the file WITHOUT a PDF preview. To do this, choose File->Save As... then hit OK. In the Illustrator Options window that comes up, uncheck the "Create PDF Compatible File" option.

That should dramatically reduce the file size.

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