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One method of placing vector artwork in Word
Authored by: machard on May 27, '04 12:44:55PM

This way still limits the printing of the word doc to only a postscript printer.

I've spent allot of time trying to get nice looking vector art in Word and have found a solution that works for me.

1. Make sure your illustrator artwork is at about 800% of the size it will be in word. Also, make sure you're working in an RGB environment.

2. Select all and Create outlines. Remove any compound paths in the file (cmd+opt+8)(both images and type)

3. Anything that was a compound path now needs to have a page colour background applied to what was previously compounded.

4. Export the files as a wmf file using the export command (this is the same format that Word uses for it's clipart)

Here are the reasons/caveats that create/solve problems:

1. Art needs to be bigger because when Illustrator exports the wmf it straightens any and all curves in the file. To make this less visible, you make the file really big and shrink it down in Word.

2. Word doesn't read compound paths well so if you leave them untouched when you import it into word you will see thin keylines in any compound paths that exist.

3. Obviously, if anything had a compound path it needs to be coloured the same colour as the background it is being put on.

I know that this is super labourious, but this is simply the best solution that I have come up with in order to have vector art, in Word, that will print to all of those non-postscript printers that exist in the windows world.

Hope this helps!

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Or choose the 'Save for MS Office' option in Illustrator CS
Authored by: hamarkus on May 27, '04 02:15:20PM

Thanks a lot, these extra lines were driving me mad. But as I just found out, choosing 'Saving for MS Office' in Illustrator CS accomplishes something apparently similar (at least on my sample file no extra lines appear anymore, they appear only when printing for those who have never seen them).

Another advantage of of this 'For MS Office'-format (and WMF) is that you have a high (full) resolution preview, usefull in Powerpoint for screen presentations.

And I was not able to easily recreate some dashed lines that were in my original PDF-file, super labourious is really the write description.

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I think I have to eat my words...
Authored by: hamarkus on May 27, '04 04:11:00PM

I think I have to eat my words, the 'Save for MS Office' format (PNG) does NOT produce vector graphic files...

So, either use EPS and have no decent preview or labouriously edit your files in Illustrator (or rather don't use Word or Powerpoint when trying to produce high quality documents).

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