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OK, I need some advice on basic tiling in Illustrator.

Not having an easy time figuring out how to send from a single large Illustrator file to separate atlas pages in InDesign. From what I can tell our options are:

- Export the whole big AI file, and place it umpteen times in InDesign, shifting it each time.
- Using page tiling, print to PDFs, place these in InDesign.

Any other options? I like the Freehand option of tiling a bunch of pages next to each other and exporting EPS's, but that doesn't seem to be an option here...

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I like the Freehand option of tiling a bunch of pages next to each other and exporting EPS's


I guess I don't quite understand the Freehand method. How is using page tiling in CS2 to produce a bunch of PDF's significantly less attractive than producing a bunch of EPS's in Freehand?

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I guess I don't quite understand the Freehand method. How is using page tiling in CS2 to produce a bunch of PDF's significantly less attractive than producing a bunch of EPS's in Freehand?


Illustrator gives you an automatic grid which you cannot adjust manually (so, for example, if you want a tiled bage that is off-center or covers the corners of four regular pages, you have to find some other work-around). In Freehand, each page is essentially an object, and you can resize it under the artwork. Also, the Freehand EPS's are each a separate object, while the PDF exported from Illustrator is a multi-page document; potentially a little mroe awkward to import.

I also trust EPS's more than PDF's. Silly I know, but there you are.

The tiled PDF method is probably the way to go.

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