Basically, what the title says, I designed a logo in Illustrator which I'm planning to print as stickers using just text/fonts.

Will I be able to export/save it as a vector and have it printed? My aim is a 9x9cm circular sticker.


  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this very elementary question is answered fully in the application Help Files. While this question may inquire about commonly used graphic design tools, this has little to do with actual graphic design.
    – Luciano
    Jun 8, 2016 at 7:38
  • Basically if it is in ilustrator is vector. I really do not see the point of your question either.
    – Rafael
    Jun 8, 2016 at 13:18
  • Aditionally you are making comments on the comments and asking aditional guidence, which renders the original answers... usless.
    – Rafael
    Jun 8, 2016 at 13:20

2 Answers 2


Yes. Just make sure you outline your type first.

Right-click, Create outlines

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To add to Vicki's comment, I usually save my "working" documents (with editable text) as .ai files. I then save my outlined, print-ready designs as .eps or .pdf files, depending on which the printer asks for. That way, you can always go back and change something if need be, as she stated.

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    I'll add that before converting your text to outlines, you might want to make a copy of your editable text and save it either in another document, or on a hidden layer, just in case you need to make edits later.
    – Vicki
    Jun 7, 2016 at 19:21
  • I work with my editable text in .ai files and will save my outlined, print-ready designs as an .eps or .pdf
    – Manly
    Jun 7, 2016 at 19:22
  • That works too! :)
    – Vicki
    Jun 7, 2016 at 19:25
  • Thanks. So I create outlines and just save it as it is? Or do I delete the fillings after creating outlines?
    – Dimitri K
    Jun 7, 2016 at 19:27
  • @DimitriK if you send your printer empty paths, how will they know what color(s) you want to use in your logo? Just outline them and leave them filled.
    – Manly
    Jun 7, 2016 at 19:28

Yes you can. The text typed in Illustrator is vector-based.

Just save your file as PDF, and make sure the font is included in the "Save Adobe PDF"-dialog when you save the file.

Adobe Illustrator - Save Adobe PDF

There should be no need to outline the text as long as the font is allowed to be included in the PDF file. If you for some reason must make an EPS-file, you should outline the text.

To verify that all is OK in the PDF, you can check the file properties in Acrobat.

This screenshot from a random downloaded PDF the "Document properties" (Norwegian language) shows that fonts are embeded. ("innebygd delsett" = "embeded subset")

Acrobat - Document Prpoerties

If this is a logo that you are delivering to a customer, outlining it might be best practice, as this will stop them from ruining it if they are to make changes and don't have the font you have used. But you should not need to outline it before sending it to print.

  • thanks for that. It's not a logo I'm delivering to a customer, just one that I'll have printed for my personal use. :) It'll mainly be printed on a 9x9cm rounded sticker, will PDF still be fine seeing as I guess it has to be on a transparent background? Does Illustrator do that?
    – Dimitri K
    Jun 8, 2016 at 9:35
  • PDF should be fine for that purpose as well, yes. There is no background in Illustrator-documents unless you manually add one :)
    – 2rB
    Jun 8, 2016 at 9:56
  • thanks again, you've been very helpful. I don't normally use Illustrator, it's always been Photoshop for me but I knew for a fact that Illustrator would be better for prints and such so that's why I'm giving it a go. One last question, does my document have to be in the same exact size I want the actual print to be?
    – Dimitri K
    Jun 8, 2016 at 10:19
  • As a best practice you should. But it does not need to be, as vector graphics are scalable. The one printing the stickers for you should be able to scale it to the size you have specified. To avoid mistakes though, I would have given it the correct dimensions as long as that is possible.
    – 2rB
    Jun 8, 2016 at 10:42

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