If you want to use the vector works outside Illustrator, you can choose from a variety of file formats in the SAVE AS and EXPORT options.
First you need to prepare your artboard, to ensure that you only export the artwork itself, or the part of it that fits your needs (like the cropped, tileable version of your pattern tile or border, and not its entire geometry).
- To export the whole artwork, go to OBJECT > ARTBOARDS > FIT TO ARTWORK BOUNDS. (Figure 1.1)
- To export a selected part of your artwork or a cropped region of it, select the object that determines the artwork's boundary (like the 'bounding box' rectangle for patterns or the 'clip' rectangle for borders). Go to OBJECT > ARTBOARDS > FIT TO SELECTED ART. (Figure 1.2)
Your artboard is now set (Figure 1.3) and you can proceed with saving or exporting.
The 'Save as' and 'Export' commands in Adobe Illustrator have identical dialog boxes and differ in terms of the output file formats they provide (vector or raster ones). Choose a command according to your needs.
- Go to FILE > SAVE AS (or FILE > EXPORT > EXPORT AS). A pop-up dialog box appears. (Figure 2)
- In the dialog box, browse the exported file destination and specify a filename.
- Choose a file format.
- Mark the Use Artboards option as checked.
- Choose the All option to export all artboards as separate files.
- Choose the Range option to export selected artboards. Enter a number (i.e. "2") to export a given artboard (artboard 2); enter a range (i.e. "1-3") to export a range of artboards (1, 2 and 3). Enter the artboard numbers separated by commas (i.e. "2, 4") to export specific artboards.
- Click Save (or Export).
- In the pop-up dialog box that appears, set the options for the chosen file format and click OK.