Export Your Adobe Creative Cloud Documents - dummies

By Jennifer Smith

Exporting content from Adobe Creative Cloud documents is important if you’re transferring content into other programs, placing the document where it’s publicly available and where it needs to be opened on other computers. Adobe Creative Cloud offers you the flexibility to export a document as many different file formats.

Other programs sometimes accept native Adobe documents as files you can import. For example, Adobe Flash CC can import Illustrator AI files, Photoshop PSD files, and PDF documents.

Export from InDesign

In InDesign, you can export pages or a book as several file types. Most notably, you can export layouts as PDF documents, which anyone who has the free Adobe Reader installed can view. InDesign can also export to other image and vector formats, such as EPS and JPEG.

An InDesign document can also export to SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) and XML (Extensible Markup Language), which is useful when you export documents for the web. InDesign has a handy feature to package your work for Dreamweaver: By choosing File→Export for Dreamweaver, you can export a project you’re working on and have it ready for page creation in Dreamweaver.

If you select File→Export and take a look at the Save as Type drop-down list, you’ll see a large amount of export selections available, including EPUB and HTML5 options.

Export content from Photoshop

If you’re working in the creative field, you’ll export many files from Adobe Photoshop, from simple .png or .jpg files to more complex sliced images that are exported with HTML and CSS content. If you’re interested in 3D and video, you’ll be happy to know that you can export to a wide range of video and 3D formats as well.

Keep in mind that if you’re working within the Creative Cloud applications then you’ll most likely not need to export any content, because most of the applications recognize the native .psd format. For instance, paths and masks in a Photoshop Document can be read in both InDesign and Illustrator.

Export Illustrator files

Illustrator supports exporting to many different file formats. You can export files in a long list of image formats. Choose File→Export, and the Export dialog box opens. Click the Save As Type (Windows) or Format (Mac) drop-down list to view the exportable file formats.

After you choose a file type to export to, a second dialog box may appear, allowing you to enter a bunch of settings for the exported file.

Try choosing the Flash SWF file format when you export a file. A second dialog box opens that includes many settings, such as options to generate an HTML page, save each layer as a separate SWF document, and preserve editability (when possible). The options that are available when you export a document depend on the type of file format to which you’re exporting.

Export Acrobat content

Acrobat lets you export certain parts of a PDF document you’re working on. For example, you may be using form data — the data that’s filled into a form made of text fields and so on — in one of your files. You can export this data from Acrobat and then send it online, which is helpful because PDF documents tend to be rather large for the web. Therefore, only a small amount of formatted data is sent online, not a huge PDF file.

You can also export parts of an Acrobat document to use in other programs. You can export comments in a PDF to a Microsoft Word file that was used to create the PDF by clicking the Comment button and clicking the panel menu in the Comments List section in the upper-right corner, and then selecting Export to Word.

You can also export comments to an AutoCAD file (assuming that it was used to create the PDF). In both cases, you need the original document that was used to generate the PDF file in order to successfully import the comments.

Export Dreamweaver content

In Dreamweaver, you can export your sites so that they’re prepared for publishing and ready to be placed on a live website. The site you’re working on in Dreamweaver is exported to your hard drive before you put it somewhere on a server.

The HTML styles used in a site you’re working on can be exported and saved as an XML document, which in turn can be reused if necessary. These files can then be imported into another Dreamweaver project you’re working on. You can also take advantage of File→Convert, which provides options so that you can convert your Dreamweaver file into other versions of HTML. Find out more about Dreamweaver in the Book VI.