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Can't Print 18"x24" Illustrator File to Acrobat

Can't Print 18"x24" Illustrator File to Acrobat

Can't Print 18"x24" Illustrator File to Acrobat

(OP)
Hi,

I have an 18" x 24" poster that I've designed in Illustrator.  I have Adobe Acrobat 5.0 and want to convert my Illustrator file to a PDF so that I can upload it to an online printing service to get a hard copy.  However, whenever I try this (and after I've set as many settings as I can find for 18x24, etc), the output PDF always comes out with my artwork only half on the page (I just see a corner of it up in the upper quadrant of the 18x24 PDF).

Any ideas on how to do this better?

Many thanks, JP
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RE: Can't Print 18"x24" Illustrator File to Acrobat

Have you saved your PDF out of AI or Acrobat? If you artboard and page tiling are all set to accomdate that size you should have no problem. Are there any mask shapes that extend way off the artboard?

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RE: Can't Print 18"x24" Illustrator File to Acrobat

(OP)
There are no masks off the page that would cause it to center incorrectly, and I'm printing to both PDFWriter and Distiller from AI.

I had some success when I drew an 18x24 rectangle at the page border, then saved as Illustrator EPS; I then had distiller process that and it gave me an 18.028" x 24.028" PDF with good centering.  Now if I could get rid of the .028" extra I'd be a happy guy.

Thanks for your help. JP

RE: Can't Print 18"x24" Illustrator File to Acrobat

You should be using the Save As.. command in the File menu. Then choose .pdf as your format.

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