I've made a 15' x 10' design that will be printed. The printer told me I should save it as a pdf at 15” x 10” (inches) @300dpi".

I'm very unfamiliar with exporting out files for print (I do mostly digital design) so would anybody be able to point me to a resource that could help me or give me an answer for how I can go about exporting my design at a smaller size (15" x 10") at 300dpi?

  • Most likely you dont do anything. Illustrator has no DPI. Raster graphics inside illustrator offcourse have a dpi but each of them must be checked individually anyway.
    – joojaa
    Sep 13, 2019 at 4:51

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The printer is not requesting anything unusual, plus Illustrator does a good job of exporting for print via default settings without you needing to have any experience with that. Just do a Ctrl+S (Save as), choose PDF from the file type dropdown and 'Press Quality' preset from the export panel. To be absolutely sure also tick the PDF/X-1a from the 'Standard' dropdown.

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  • I think he designed a 15x10 feet and want to resample at 15x10 inches.
    – Rafael
    Sep 13, 2019 at 16:57
  • @rafael - resampling is for raster, not vector images. The OP is using Illustrator - but the artwork could easily be grouped and rescaled to fit a 15" x 10" artboard before exportng as PDF.
    – Billy Kerr
    Sep 14, 2019 at 14:06
  • "300 PPI" is resampling. If it is all vector yes, it would be reescaling.
    – Rafael
    Sep 14, 2019 at 14:52

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