I have been preparing artwork for a vinyl album jacket, inner sleeve, etc. A friend offered to check these for me before I bothered sending them to the pressing company. I put three very large Illustrator files up on Google Drive:
- album jacket - 193.7 MB
- inner sleeve - 299.6 MB
- center labels - 8.7 MB
I surmised that these file would include the images I had placed, because they are so large. Furthermore, the inner sleeve document is smaller than the album jacket, but it has much higher-resolution images. I assumed from these facts that the image data is, in fact, in these documents.
My friend downloaded and opened these Illustrator files and could not see the images for some reason:
OK, big problem. The images aren't linked. So the files are empty. You need to resave them, and choose "Embed image files."
Some notes about the files:
- Illustrator files created using CS4 (yes, I know this is fairly old, but it's what I have)
- Images placed directly from Photoshop CS4 files in CMYK mode
- I did not separately include the Photoshop files—it seemed unnecessary, because the Adobe Illustrator files are so large I assumed image data was included
- Aside from the images, there is nearly nothing in these documents except some template marks (bleed, crop, safe lines, etc.).
What steps should I take to prepare these files to send to the pressing company? I'm very much hoping I won't have to recreate them, but I am willing to do so, as long as I can be sure I'm not wasting my time and just creating more broken Illustrator files.
Other questions: Must I first export my image files to TIFF format or is it OK to place the Photoshop files directly? Must I purchase/download the latest Illustrator and Photoshop to remedy this problem?