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One method of placing vector artwork in Word
Authored by: jcscott on May 27, '04 06:29:05PM

After fiddling around a bit with MSWord and Illustrator 10 today, the best solution to get vector art into Word is to export a WMF from Illustrator. Microsoft's other graphic standard, Enhanced Metafile Format, produces more artifacts than WMF. The Computer Graphics Metafile format, also available in Illustrator, is not recognized by Word (v 10 anyway). Word recognizes PDF and EPSF, but does bizarre things to the images when PDFs are made.

To rid those thin lines that may appear in the final printed or PDF output, any compound objects must be "released" and the empty areas filled with white or some background color. Do this with the original Illustrator file and then export to WMF. Don't edit the WMF, as you'll have to export it again to save and compound WMF's line simplifying.

Someone in this thread mentioned scaling up the art 800%. 800% is a bit overkill, but scaling the art to fill the work page in Illustrator does help offset WMF's shortcomings.

Since I print to a CMYK printer, I use CMYK colors for the WMF. I've found, though, that the color space is irrelevant in this case. Word will even print Pantone colors, although I think it converts the Pantone color to an RGB or CMYK eqivalent.

With my way, you can eliminate a lot of the steps mentioned in the parent of this thread, assuming you have Illustrator. Getting vector art into MS Office products has always been a hassle. Any of this fixed in MS Office 2004? Not that I'm holding my breath.



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One method of placing vector artwork in Word
Authored by: machard on May 28, '04 01:03:32PM

Word's colour space is RGB. Unfortunately there's no way around that. If you create your original art in RGB there "shouldn't" be any extreme colour shifts. The only way to get Word to Print in any other colour space is to have postscript encapsulated directly in the image file. Then your back to an eps file that won't print on a non-postscript printer.

Since it's vector art, scaling it to 800 doesn't really increase the file size of the final Word doc (although the wmf will be larger, which is irrelevant since we're after a Word doc here) so I'm not sure what it would be overkilling. The more the file needs to be scaled down in Word, the more likely it is that all the straight lines will fade into a curve.

I had never tried GraphicConverter to create the files as another poster mentioned... No converting to outlines and messing around with stuff. The curves stay in tact (So you don't have to worry about scaling it). It seems that GraphicConverter is clearly the best bet!

Just tried Expression3. Don't waste your time with the 55MB download. You can only import legacy Illustrator files and even then it messes up gradients and such...



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