How To Package An Illustrator File

Packaging a file in Illustrator CS5 and previous is something that is not an option in the menu, like what you have in indesign. So, how is it done and how difficult is it? It is a very simple and easy process but one most people would not know. So let’s go through the steps one by one and see just how simple and easy it can be to package an illustrator file for output.

Step 1 – Under file scroll down to scripts and select other scripts.


Step 2 – Locate the packaging script file by going to Applications > Adobe Illustrator (CS4 or CS5.1) > Scripting > Sample Scripts > AppleScript > Collect for Output and then double-click the file that is labeled “CollectForOutput.scpt”

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Step 3 – Navigate to your illustrator file and select the location you want to save your collect and it will save the file and all content to that specified folder.

And there it is. It is as easy as 1-2-3 . . . literally. Now you can collect any project to give to a client or someone who is working with the information as well and needs all that you have.

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14 comments on “How To Package An Illustrator File
  1. Tina says:

    We are still on CS5 at work so I was so excited to find this possible solution for packaging files in Illustrator. However, for some reason, this did not work for me. I followed the instructions exactly, three or four times, and it only saved the Illustrator file…no fonts, no links, etc. I just went ahead and packaged it all manually. Bummer, but thanks for posting this anyway.

  2. Aloulou83 says:

    Wow Its amazing …. only missing the fonts …. but really thanks

  3. Guillermo says:

    Try to COPY the design in Illustrator and PASTE into InDesign. Then PACK the file and you hace images and fonts. Delete de .indd file and attach the .ai one.

  4. Guillermo says:

    You can use an app called “Art Files” too.

  5. glenn says:

    is there art files for pc

  6. cele says:

    Hey! I’d really like to do this but the site is not showing me the images and I don’t understand the steps :/ can anybody help me, please!!

  7. Jacks says:

    Amazing! Every day’s a school day…. 🙂 Worked perfectly for me!

  8. Arif says:

    where is the download link!?

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