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  Porting a Masked Bitmap From Adobe® Illustrator® 7 / 8

You can encounter a masked bitmap in Adobe Illustrator either by opening an EPS file with an embedded clipping path or by linking or embedding a bitmap with the File > Place command and creating the mask with the pen. This tutorial outlines the steps to export the masked bitmap as a PDF file.

1. Launch Adobe Illustrator and either import an EPS file with the embedded clipping path or use the File > Place command to embed or link a bitmap image, then create the mask with the pen. This is what the image looks like with nothing selected:


2. Using the Selection Tool, drag a marquee around the image to reveal the mask and bitmap objects. This step is not necessary to output the PDF. It's more of a habit to check for the existence of a mask prior to output.


3. Click File > Print. Choose the Distiller® Assistant printer driver then click "OK".


4. A printing status window will appear.


5. Distiller prompts you for a filename. Enter a filename or accept the default, then click "Save".


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