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    I am creating a logo for my husband's company using Illustrator. What do I do with the logo and especially the text so that it can be enlarged or reduced without loss of print quality on our inkjet printer? I'm obviously new to this.

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    I definitely recommend converting text to outlines (type>create outlines). It will turn all text into vector paths that are scalable with no quality loss. Also, if you have your logo sent to be printed for business cards or other materials, the printer won't need the fonts you've used because there is no font data in the logo. It would be a good idea though to save a main version with the text intact so that you can edit it when needed.

    As long as there are no images in the logo, all the other Illustrator artwork will scale cleanly.

    Hope this helps!

    Aaron

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    Well... if the inkjet printer does not have a postscript RIP you may be better off rasterizing the entire image to a TIFF for printing specifically to the inkjet printer. It won't scale as well, but it will print faster and better without a RIP.

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    If you are working with Illustrator and printing to an Inkjet I know for certain you will do better to either save it or print it to PDF and then printout from Acrobat, You won't have to raster it or outline it.

    Try it you will see what I mean.

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    Cut her some slack, she's a beginner. Creating text outlines is key. Remember, some primitive inkjets cannot download fonts. I believe most drivers can handle outlines ( i.e., HP's GL/4 ), but that would depend on the printer itself. You shouldn't have to Rasterize or Flatten the text unless some transparency and/or drop shadow type effects have been applied to it. If, for some reason, you're using Layers, save a copy and Flatten the copy ( keeping the original artwork intact ). Use CMYK as your Document Color Space and save another copy as an .ai file, and another copy as an .eps file. Take the file(s) to a local printer and ask them to take a look at it or stick around and sit-in on their preflight procedures. Take notes on what they find right and what they find wrong. Do not be afraid to ask them why it is right and why it is wrong. If you're planning on preparing stationery files ( letterhead, business card, envelopes ), call 3 small print shops in your area and get an estimate from each one. Ask them to send you their file preparation check list. Each one will have specific instructions on how they need you to prepare your files to fit their workflow. With this information acquired this early in the process, you'll have a better understanding of how to setup your files to match whoever is going to print the stationery. You should contact them as early as possible. They will want to know your quantities for each item, the type of paper you plan to use, and the type of inks and how many colors are involved ( i.e., Process Color or Spot Color ). Ask questions and get feedback.

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    If you save your document or print it to an Adobe PDF and print it from Acrobat or Acrobat Reader, which is free for anyone to download though you probably already have it, then it will print much better and you don't have to outline it. And there is no inkjet that won't be able to print.

    And to John Danek, try and see what I mean, you will be amazed a the difference

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    Wade, I agree. I'm just trying to give her some help ( not knowing what type of printer she has and how old it could be ). I assume she is not yet ready for .pdf prime time. For instance, I've seen perfectly good PDF's unable to print fonts because they were not embedded in the file, so a substitute font is used...and well, you should know the rest of the story.

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    bj.h wrote:

    What do I do with the logo and especially the text so that it can be enlarged
    or reduced without loss of print quality




    Apart from pure technically printing issues you may want to check this question from a typographical point of view, too. In almost every case it makes sense to create several versions of an approved ğmaster logoĞ, where each of them is destined for a certain reproduction size. Speaking of the type, it has to be optimized to meet legibility demands according to the given size. For instance in very small type sizes (of very small logo versions), the spacing between the characters has to be drastically enlarged.

    Cheers
    Klaus

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    John they don't embed usually because they are not license for embedding and that is very rare and you can usually get another version that will allow embedding. In this case since she mentioned inkjet as their printer I know exactly what she wants and needs.

    There can be issues with pdf but she will see that it is an issue as soon as he opens it in Acrobat.

    And they have to learn sooner or later and this is a good way to go.

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    Wade - Or the originator forgets to embed the fonts.

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