Save Files in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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    To begin, you should open illustrator either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon
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    This will reveal a list of your recently used programs. You may find Illustrator there. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
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    If you still can't see "Adobe Illustrator CS6", use the search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator"
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6"
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    Adobe Illustrator CS6 will immediately start loading and will take you directly to your workspace.
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    Now, create a new document by clicking "File" in the top left-hand corner
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    Click "New"
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    Alternatively, press "Ctrl" + "N" on the keyboard. You can also open an existing document from the menu. There are other VisiHow tutorials on how to create and open documents and on how to set up a new document.
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    Click "OK"
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    In this video, a shape is created by clicking the "Star Tool"
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    There is another video on how to do that.
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    When you have your document ready to save, click "File" in the top-left corner
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    Click either "Save As..." or "Save a Copy"
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    Alternatively, we can press "Shift" + "Ctrl" + "S" or "Alt" + "Ctrl" + "S". Clicking just "Save" will just overwrite the document; therefore, be careful with that.
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    Choose the location to where you would like to save your file
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    You can choose a name for the file
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    In this video, it is named "Star".
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    Click the "Save as type" drop-down menu
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    Then you can click one of the file formats below.
    • "Adobe Illustrator (*.AI)" to save as the format that allows you to save multiple artboards and to open the document in other versions of Illustrator.
    • "Illustrator EPS (*.EPS)" is best for saving combined vector and bitmap images, as well as multiple artboards.
    • "SVG (*.SVG)" and "SVG Compressed (*.SVGZ)" are best for saving high-resolution vector images for web. The compressed version reduces file size by 50-80 %, but you may be limited with where you can open the file later.
    • "Adobe PDF (*.PDF)" is a reader version, which is good for when you need to show your document to others who don't have Adobe Illustrator installed.
    • "Adobe FXG (*.FXG)".
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    Then, just click "Save" to save to your chosen format
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    You may get a pop-up box, depending on the file format.
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    Change the settings for the file format
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    For example, in *.AI files, you can choose the version in which you save the file. You can check or uncheck other options.
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    Then, click "OK" to apply changes and save the document
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