How To Export Image to Vector in Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator offers many options for saving and exporting. This can come in handy for projects related to web design, marketing, graphic novels and more. To get the results you expect, it’s important to know how to correctly export an Illustrator image to vector format.

The Easy Way To Export Using Vector Format

The Export command works well for creating copies that reflect the right format for your project needs.
  • Step 1: Go to File > Export.
  • Step 2: Name your new file and choose the folder/location you want to save to.
  • Step 3: Open the dropdown called Save As Type/Format (Windows/Mac) and select a vector file format, such as EPS, SVG, AI or another option.
  • Step 4: Click on the Save/Export button (Windows/Mac).
Why Vector Format Matters

If you attempt to export projects as GIFs or JPEG files, you may wonder why they seem distorted or grainy after you enlarge them. This happens because JPEG, GIF and PNG formats are all bitmaps, or raster images, which rely on mosaic-like pixel counts instead of the paths and mathematical calculations of vectors.

Raster images look incredible at the right size, but they run into trouble when you try to make them bigger. To avoid this issue, choose a vector file format instead.

Common Vector Save and Export Formats
  • AI: This Adobe Illustrator format contains all the information from your project, allowing you to edit and re-edit your document over and over without data loss.
  • SVG: Scalable Vector Graphics are popular for web design, due to their high quality, excellent scalability and low file size.
  • EPS: Containing vector information and thumbnail images for quick viewing, Shutterstock uses Encapsulated PostScript vector formats to make it easy to find what you’re looking for.
  • PDF: Portable Document Format is often used for physical print applications and marketing due to its wide compatibility and security settings.
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