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When trying to export my map out of Illustrator CS4 to a 300 DPI/RGB tiff , I keep getting the "Combination of artwork size and resolution exceeds the maximum that can be rasterized" error message. Also, similarly when trying to export JPEG, get the “Insufficient memory was available to complete the operation” error message

Seems as if this is a new problem, in the past I have exported larger tiffs then this one which leads me to believe a setting has been changed or something (scratch disk settings are good)
Map is a 100+ layers/approx 38x40?

Looking for tips, tricks, suggestions for exporting tiffs out of Illustrator CS4

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Hi Mattye,

Save it as a PDF or PDF compatible AI file, then open it in Photoshop and rasterize it. Photoshop is capable of doing much larger rasters than Illustrator. It may take a while though.

Hope this helps!
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When trying to export my map out of Illustrator CS4 to a 300 DPI/RGB tiff , I keep getting the "Combination of artwork size and resolution exceeds the maximum that can be rasterized" error message. Also, similarly when trying to export JPEG, get the “Insufficient memory was available to complete the operation” error message

Seems as if this is a new problem, in the past I have exported larger tiffs then this one which leads me to believe a setting has been changed or something (scratch disk settings are good)
Map is a 100+ layers/approx 38x40?

Looking for tips, tricks, suggestions for exporting tiffs out of Illustrator CS4


The only way I know is to save it as a PDF and make sure the Make File PdF Compatible check box is checked when saving the document. And as Hans said open it and export it in PS.

There appears to be limit on the size of the artboard that can be exported. I messed around with this sometime back and found that the artboard cannot exceed 22" in width or height. That was with a document that was one layer and one filled rectangle the same size as the artboard. A 22" x 22" would export, but a file that was 23" x 1" would not export. I'm sure there is a reason for the limit, but I can't think of it. Anyways, why would you want a vector program to do raster work.

FYI, if you have a lot of isohypse (really line segments), PS will take a long time to rasterize.

Good luck,
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So I know opening in photoshop is the preferred work around and it does actually work, thanks. However, in the particular process I am trying to accomplish (creating a geotiff with MapPublisher), there is a stage where you have to export a tiff out of Illustrator. Ironically and a big reason why I am getting frustrated with the process not working is that my co-worker is able to export the tiffs with little or no problem. We have the same performance computer and we cannot figure out why one is working and not the other. I was able to export a 150DPI tiff after some computer cleanup/maintenance (defrag/disk cleanup), so I am hoping I can find some other setting or solution that will allow the export to finally process.

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It could be a memory problem and getting more memory might not do the trick.

I recently ran into an export issue from ArcGIS where the solution was to switch to a 64bit OS. Evidently 32bit OS's can only address ~2-2.5GB of RAM and the export died no matter what format I tried (pdf, ai, jpg, png, tif, etc.).

When I switched to a 64bit installation of XP - Arc9.3 chunked it out (not that 9.3 ran in 64bit mode).

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It could be a memory problem and getting more memory might not do the trick.

I recently ran into an export issue from ArcGIS where the solution was to switch to a 64bit OS. Evidently 32bit OS's can only address ~2-2.5GB of RAM and the export died no matter what format I tried (pdf, ai, jpg, png, tif, etc.).

When I switched to a 64bit installation of XP - Arc9.3 chunked it out (not that 9.3 ran in 64bit mode).



For what it is worth, I'm running W7 64 bit with 8gigs of ram. I'm still having the same issue that Mattye is having.

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Well, I'm the co-worker who has no problem exporting these tiffs, and I think it's about to drive Mattye insane. Our computers are identical, and we have little control over system maintenance or configuration. That's all handled centrally. We do have control over our Illustrator preferences, which is why we suspect the problem lies there.

A little explanantion about what we're trying to do- we have our 1:126,720 map series covering Oregon and Washington, and whenever we complete a map we also create a 300 DPI geotiff. These are used as a general cartographic background for our GIS users, and are also provided on CD to fire crews as part of a GIS data package.

Our process is to first create a 300 DPI RGB tiff, either through Illustrator export or by opening the file in Photoshop. We then bring the image back into Illustrator and use MAPublisher (Object-Filters-MAP Images-Export Image) to produce a geotiff, which is then brought into Photoshop/Geographic Imager for a little more tweaking. I sometimes run into memory issues on the geotiff export, but generally if I restart my computer and run no other programs it goes fine. So at some point Mattye needs to be able to export out of Illustrator. We do not want to georeference in ArcMap; the quality of the resulting image is not nearly so good.

Can anybody think of any Illustrator preferences that could help with this? We've compared our settings (scratch disks, etc.). Any other ideas?

By the way Matt, regarding your offer to sneak my name onto your Bike There map in exchange for a moderate amount of quality Oregon alcohol: Accepted. We can discuss "Hampton's Corner" when the time comes.
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Maybe split the export into 2 or 4 tiles?
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If none of these tricks work then maybe the raster is corrupt.

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By the way Matt, regarding your offer to sneak my name onto your Bike There map in exchange for a moderate amount of quality Oregon alcohol: Accepted. We can discuss "Hampton's Corner" when the time comes.


Paul, this is starting to sound like a great deal!

Since I have started map production I took the liberty of renaming some features in your honor. I have attached a screenshot of my progress so far. I am thinking a case of Ransom Old Tom Gin (nectar of the gods - Sheridan, OR), a case of Erath's Pinot, a half-rack of Bridgport's Hop Czar and the region is yours.

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^^^ Now that's funny. Can't wait to see the final version.

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I like it!
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