How to collect files for output in Illustrator CS5

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How to collect files for output in Illustrator CS5
Collecting files for output allows you to package a document in Illustrator. (Getty Thinkstock)

Creating a document in Adobe Illustrator CS5 publishing software sometimes involves linking to photos and graphics rather than embedding them on the page. For example, you might link to an image on a company intranet or an external website. If you need to pass the Illustrator file to someone else -- such as a colleague, client or external print company -- you must first collect all linked image files for output with Illustrator's "Collect for Output" script.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch Adobe Illustrator. Click the top menu "File" tab, and then select the "Scripts" option in the drop-down list.

  2. 2

    Choose "Other scripts" in the expanded menu. Open the Illustrator file that you want to package so it displays in the main workspace area of the program window.

  3. 3

    Click to select "Scripting" in the menu, and then choose "Sample Scripts" followed by "AppleScript" in the context menus. Double-click the "CollectForOutput.scpt" file to launch the script.

  4. 4

    Set the computer save location for the collect file. Wait a few minutes for Illustrator to collect the image files and all other document content and save it to the selected folder. You can now copy this folder to the other person who needs to access the document.

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