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denrael 2010-10-22 07:51 AM

Stencil Format?
I am having a graphic artist create some stencils for me in Illustrator. What is the best format for him to deliver those for me to open and use as stencils in OmniGraffle?

Brian 2010-10-22 01:23 PM

Well, OmniGraffle can handle pretty much any QuickTime compatible graphic format as a shape, but the thing to remember is that each graphic is a shape.
(The designer will want to save each shape to a document, in other words, rather than one document with all the shapes.)

Just off the top of my head, I'd say to save each of the shapes as a PDF, so you can resize them/scale them nicely. Note, however, that PDF graphics can be quite large, so if you plan to use these stencils on an iPad, that may not be the best choice.

Does that help at all?

denrael 2010-10-22 03:05 PM

I've never thought of PDF as a graphic format per se. I assume Illustrator has a save as PDF or export to PDF option. Anything else I would need to know in instructing them how to save the document?

DerekAsirvadem 2010-10-23 08:00 AM

Yeah. Write the stencil for OmniGraffle in OmniGraffle (write the stencil for AI in AI; for Pages in Pages).

If it is going to be a real stencil, with OG capabilty, as opposed to simply graphics, that you do not need to connect lines to, change, fill, etc. Otherwise, you will have to expend some labour after importing, to implement the OG capability onto the, well, simple images.

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