How do I create a PDF directly through Adobe Illustrator?

  1. Go to ‘File’ menu --> ‘Save as’

  2. From ‘Format’ dropdown menu, select ‘Adobe PDF’.

  3. Save the file.

  4. From ‘Adobe PDF Preset’ (the topmost) dropdown menu, select ‘PDF/x: 1a 2001’.

  5. From ‘Standard’ dropdown menu, select ‘PDF/x: 1a 2001’.

  6. The ‘Compatibility’ dialog box will now show ‘Acrobat 4 (PDF 1.3)’

  7. In the ‘Marks and bleeds’ subtab, select cropmarks and bleed options (only if they are required for your ad). If they aren’t, ensure that no boxes are checked in this subtab.

  8. Under the ‘Output’ tab, select ‘no colour conversion’ from the ‘Colour Conversion’ dropdown menu.

  9. In the ‘Advanced’ subtab, ensure that the ‘Preset’ is set to ‘High Resolution’ under ‘Transparency Flattener’.

  10. Do remember to save this as a preset by hitting ‘Save Preset’. 

  11. After that, hit ‘Export’ and re-upload the file again.

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