You cleverly made your recent project using Illustrator (versions from CC 2017 and back to CS4) and its multiple artboards. The client is delighted. Now they want files in EPS. Ack! What do you do? Here are two ways to save multiple artboards from Illustrator back to an older version or EPS.

 

1st Method: Save as Illustrator .AI format

And in the Illustrator Options dialog box that opens, choose, for example, Illustrator CS3 for Version, and then select Save Each Artboard To A Separate File.

1. Choose File > Save As or File > Save A Copy.

2. Type a filename, and choose a location for the file.

3. Choose Illustrator (*.AI) as the file format, and click Save.

4. In the Illustrator Options dialog box, set the desired options and click OK: 
Save Each Artboard To A Separate File Saves each artboard as a separate file.

 

This option is available only if you chose to save to a version other than your current version. A separate master file that includes all of the artboards is also created. All of the content that touches an artboard is included with the file for that artboard. If artwork needs to be shifted to fit it onto a single artboard, a warning appears to let you know. If you don’t select this option, the artboards are combined into a single document and are converted to object guides and (in Illustrator CS3) crop areas. The artboard used for the saved file is based on the size of the default document startup profile.

2nd Method: Save in EPS format

Save As Illustrator EPS and select Use Artboards in the Save As dialog box. The individual artboard files are saved with a "-01, -02" at the end of the file name. Note that an artboard saves with any objects that appear within that artboard—even if the other objects are part of a different artboard.

Because EPS files are based on the PostScript language, they can contain both vector and bitmap graphics. If your artwork contains multiple artboards, these artboards are preserved when you save to EPS format.

If your artwork contains transparency (including overprints) and you require high-resolution output, choose Window > Flattener Preview to preview the effects of flattening.

1. Choose File > Save As or File > Save A Copy.

2. Type a filename, and choose a location for the file.

3. Choose Illustrator EPS (*.EPS) as the file format, and click Save.

If you want create separate files for each artboard, click Use Artboards, and select All or specify a range. Separate files are saved with a master EPS file containing all artboards. If you deselect this option, a single EPS file is created with all artboards preserved.

In the EPS Options dialog box, set the desired options and click OK:

 

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