Hello, creatives, fellow designers, and anyone reading this; today’s post is about the exporting options available to you when you are done with a piece and are ready to share it with the world. These export options will define the settings you use for an exported file and they update to match whatever file format you have selected.
Don’t forget to save a copy
First and foremost, I recommend saving a copy of your document in a project folder. I find it beneficial to always have a working file from the application I am working on (in this case a [file name].afdesign file). When/If I need to make changes I find it easier to make those changes in my original working file.
It can be found in the document menu as save copy.
I do this often throughout my working on a project and I always turn on save history and overwrite the last version I saved. Even though the app is very unlikely to crash or lose your work you never know so trust me and just save a copy.
This is where you can choose what format the document will be exported in.
Depending on which format you have chosen this will let you adjust certain default settings. Each preset will have different options but you can create/adjust your custom settings.
Once you’ve chosen your format for export this is where you’ll see the exported file’s name and extension. By default the name will be the same as the document’s name, however, you can change it before exporting it.
The Common Options
Determines how an image is resampled when you export a file at a size that is different to the original document size.
- Nearest neighbor ~ simple resampling, fastest to use, and used with hard-edge images
- Bilinear ~ uses an algorithm, ideal for shrinking images
- Bicubic ~ uses an algorithm, ideal for enlarging images; it is smoother than bilinear but takes longer to process
- Lanczos (separable)*
- Lanczos (non-separable)*
*Lanczos uses a complex algorithm to give you the best results but takes the longest to process
This section lets you set or change the color mode for the image once you export it.
Below are all the options but not every option is available with every file format you’ll choose to export in.
- RGB 8-bit
- RGB 16-bit
- RGB 32-bit (HDR)
- Greyscale 8-bit
- Greyscale 16-bit
- CMYK 8-bit
- LAB 16-bit
This setting will let you set or change the background color of the exported work. When you tap on the circle (with your finger or stylus) a small pop window appears and lets you adjust the color using whatever method you’re most comfortable with to set the color.
- RGB Sliders
- RGB Hex Sliders
- CMYK Sliders
- LAB Sliders
- Gray Sliders
- Color Wheel
- HSL Sliders
This feature allows you to adjust the quality of your exported work. Think of it like this at 100% you’re getting the highest quality (usually at the resolution of your document) and a larger files size. As you adjust the percentage down you’re getting a smaller file size but not as high of a resolution. If you’re uploading to the web you might not want that higher resolution because it will take longer for your pages to load, however, if you’re printing you want the highest resolution possible for the best quality print.
By default, this is set to “Use Document Profile”, that said you can overwrite that if need be for the export. In my use case, I find that leaving it to what I set the document to at the beginning works best. Most of the time you will know what color space is best for your working environment before you start so changing it is unnecessary.
- Use Document Profile
- Adobe RGB (1998)
- Apple RGB
- Color Match RGB
- sRGB IEC61966-2.1
This option will allow you to decide if you want to rasterize any elements that the file format you’re exporting the document as may not support.
- Unsupported Properties
A little bit about the pdf options
With PDF options you have a lot of the same options as other formats, however, because PDF is primarily used for print you’ll also see some options that can be turned on and off depending on what your printer would need.
- Honor spot colors
- Overprint Black
- Include Bleed
- Printers Marks
- Crop Marks
- Registration Marks
- Color Bars
- Page Information
That covers the basics of exporting a document. As always thank you for taking the time to read 💙. Know that I appreciate you and wish you all the luck in the world on your creative endeavors.
Till next time, Happy Designing ❤️!