Fred, I was going with what the original poster mentioned, assuming the customer was specifying JPEG. I recently ran into this issue and am not having any problems with the Illustrator-to-JPEG graphics.
Personally, I would opt for GIF, but not from Illustrator. I would export the Illustrator file to Photoshop and then use Photoshop to create the GIG. I have run into too many issues with GIFs from Illustrator. -----Original Message----- From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Fred Ridder Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 9:50 AM To: generic668 at yahoo.ca; framers at lists.frameusers.com Subject: RE: OT: Technical illustrations - Outlining a line drawing Responding to Nadine, David Spreadbury wrote: > Since you said that you have Illustrator available. Open the SolidWorks PDF > in Illustrator. Illustrator should recognize it as a vector image. > > In Illustrator, select the objects you want and increase the line width to > the desired thickness. > > Export it as JPEG and you should have what you are looking for. That's the same advice I was going to offer--right up to the last step. Exporting to JPEG is the worst of all possible options. The best advice is to use the PDF directly in the FrameMaker file. Using PDF graphics in a FrameMaker document has almost no compromises. The graphic is fully scalable with no loss of quality since it is still in vector form. It prints perfectly, and the on-screen display is excellent (EPS prints fine, but uses an ugly, low-res bitmap rendering for on-screen display). Next best would be to export to EPS, EMF, or WMF, since all of those are vector formats which allow the image to be rescaled witout loss of quality. Next in line would be exporting to PNG or GIF or TIFF, all of which are raster image formats. These are fixed-resolution formats which do compromise scalability, but other than freezingf the resolution they are lossless. Last on the list would be JPEG, which is an inherently lossy format that was designed specifically for *photographic* images where the properties of the image conceal the image degradation and artifacts that are inevitably produced by the format's area-based image compression algorithm. JPEG is particularly ill-suited for line art or images containing text because it produces artifacts (a kind of gray smudginess) surrounding letters in text or alongside lines in a drawing. -Fred Ridder _______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to Framers as dspreadb at yahoo.com. Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. To unsubscribe send a blank email to framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com or visit http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/dspreadb%40yahoo.com Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.