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If I typed text in Microsoft Word for my logo, does .ai vs. .pdf matter? [closed]

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Closed as not constructive by Monica Cellio‭ on Oct 22, 2021 at 02:40

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I'm technophobe, cyberphobe. Please try to avoid tech jargon.

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I'm opening medical clinic. This is my first time opening any kind store! I want front to look like COS. Thus logo must be (Arabic Medical Clinic) EMBLAZONED, then lights added. Is EMBLAZONED the correct term?

My Contractor requested the .ai file for my logo. Before I spend hours downloading InkScape, and trying to learn how to copy and paste my text from Word to InkScape — I must check if the Contractor loses or suffers anything if I just save my Word file as a PDF and email him the PDF. On one hand, jooja answered

An ai file, pdf maybe a dxf or a svg should all be fine.

On other hand, egypturnash commentated

Saving your work as PDFs is not quite as bad an idea as, say, saving your Photoshop documents as JPEGs, but it is a similarly bad idea in my experience. In fact I save all my work as AI files with PDF compatibility turned off, and treat PDF the same way as I treat a PNG or JPEG: a format that I export to.

I have found that a file with both PDF and AI data in it is at least twice as large as an AI-only file. Often many, many times more if I use anything complex like pattern fills, art brushes, or bitmap effects.

I have also found that sometimes a file will get corrupted such that it loads the PDF half, which loses a lot of data - all those paths with bitmap effects get replaced by embedded, uneditable images; gradients get expanded, color profiles get dropped, etc. If you're only using flat colors right now you won't notice this, but as your practice expands to use more corners of what AI can do, you will run into things that PDF saves improperly, and this will bite you.

I would strongly recommend keeping your work as PDF-incompatible AI files until you absolutely have to export a PDF, and doing your last-minute edits on the AI files, then generating a new PDF.

Who's correct????? What do I lose if I email my Contractor .pdf rather than .ai?

I typed out COS just to prove Full Sans is a similar enough Typeface — I won't emblazon COS.

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