Nearly all graphic designers prefer to work with vector images when the images are illustrations or line drawings, and not photographs.
A vector file allows for greater editing (including text) and cleaner resizing. A raster file (.jpeg, .tiff, etc.) is rendered as a flat, uneditable file, and resizing those will often result in pixelated or blurred images.
So this blog is going to cover how to export your Nutrition Facts Label as vector images. There is also a video tutorial at the end.
Note: If you are using a formula image or other photograph on your label, I recommend hiding it and exporting the Nutrition Facts Panel on its own. Later, you can give both elements to your designer as separate files. This will make it easier for them to make small modifications as necessary. To do so, open your Label Settings. Go to Object Properties. Expand Image 1 and uncheck Show.
With your Label open and the Nutrition Facts panel showing (along with any other elements you wish to export, such as the date or name):
- Right-click and select Print to Vector. (Genesis uses PDF creation protocols to create vector images.)
- The print dialog will open. From here, select Genesis PDF Printer as the printer. (Genesis PDR Printer comes installed with Genesis R&D. You can use other pdf or postscript printers that you have installed, but we have found that the included printer works best with this export tool.)
- The Save File as PDF dialog will open. Name the file and choose where to export the file to.
- Click OK.
From this point, your graphic designer will be able to open the file in a vector-editing program such as Adobe Illustrator and make any necessary edits or size changes. They will also be able to export the file to a variety of usable formats.
Although Genesis R&D offers other file options, we always recommend that you choose to Print as Vector. This will save your designer many headaches, we promise.