I’m working in Abobe Illustrator 10 and have the following problem. I’ve created a 40-square, 18” x 18” game board as an .AI file. Some of the images on the board squares repeat and I’ve created these images as independent .EPS images. These images are 5-6 times larger than the range of sizes needed on the game board to give me some latitude for size transformations. I use File | Place with the Link box checked to place the images as needed on the game board, and the Transform palette to resize them as needed.
This all works fine, looks OK on the screen, and prints OK as a tiled image to my Color LaserJet 4550. The problem is that when I save the game board as a .PDF file, the stroke weights of the linked images revert to the original 4-point stroke width I used in the original .EPS files for the individual logos.
I’ve used Edit | Preferences | General and checked Scale Stroke & Effects both in the main .AI game board image and in the individual logo .EPS files, but this doesn’t help (once again, this is only a problem with the save as PDF process).
Finally, immediately after the save as .PDF completes, the game board looks fine on the screen, but as soon as I close the file and reopen, various of the logo images show with original 4-point stroke weight, which is much too heavy relative to the resized images.
Has anyone encountered and come up with a solution to this one? Everything saves fine in PDF format except for the linked file/stroke weight issue. It would be nice to solve this because the two print shops I’ve dealt with seem much more familiar printing from a single .PDF file rather than a collection of .EPS files.