How To Batch Export Multiple Images from Adobe Illustrator

How To Batch Export Multiple Images from Adobe Illustrator 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to batch export multiple images from Adobe Illustrator — particularly JPG, PNG, PDF, and SVG.

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A good example of the usefulness of this sort of feature would be for logo design. Illustrator’s Export for Screens feature allows you to batch export your logo in all of the different formats and color variations you would need, and in this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to use it.

The following is just a brief overview of the steps taken to batch export multiple images from Adobe Illustrator. For complete step-by-step instructions, please refer to the video tutorial at the top of the page.

Batch Export Multiple Images from Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator’s Export for Screens feature allows you to export individual files for all of the different artboards in your document. Each artboard can be exported in a variety of different file formats, including PNG, JPG, PDF, and SVG. The menu can be accessed by navigating to File > Export > Export for Screens, or by pressing control + alt + e on your keyboard.

The files formats you can batch export are as follows…

  • PNG – A lossless raster format that supports transparent backgrounds
  • JPG – A lossless raster format that can be compressed to save disk space
  • PDF – An editable vector format, similar to Adobe Illustrator’s native format
  • SVG – An editable vector format compatible with all vector graphics software

The examples I’ll be utilizing for this tutorial are the following logo files…

Multiple images on artboard

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As you can see, I have a variety of different logo variations arranged on a single artboard. In order to batch export them, I’ll need to create individual artboards for each logo variation. To do this I’ll be using the Artboards tool (shift + o) and clicking on each individual logo to create an artboard around it. Then we can delete the original artboard.

The Artboards tool

Press shift + o to grab the artboards tool

If it’s unclear how to do this then please watch the video at the top of the page. It’s easier for me to explain this more in depth in video format.

We should now have each individual image to be exported arranged on its own individual artboard…

Multiple images on individual artboards

To export these images, access the Export for Screens menu by navigating to File > Export > Export for Screens or by pressing control + alt + e on your keyboard. The following menu will populate…

Export for screen menu

Each individual image to be exported will be indicated in the thumbnail preview. You can choose not to export particular artboards by unchecking them, and you can rename your artboards by highlighting the text under the thumbnail and manually typing in whatever you’d like the file name to be.

The files you generate will reflect the names of your artboards, so be sure to name them accordingly. As you can see above, I changed the names of each artboard to represent which logo variation each design represents.

On the right-hand side of the menu you can choose the folder you’d like these design exported to, and beneath that you can choose which formats you’d like exported, at what scale, and if you’d like a suffix added to the name.

Once you’ve arranged everything to your liking, go ahead and click Export Artboard to generate your files, then navigate over to your export destination to see how they came out.

Finished documents

I’ve posted a screenshot of all the individual files that were generated above. As you can see, I was able to generate 4 different file formats for each individual logo variation/artboard.

And that is how you can batch export multiple images from Adobe Illustrator! If you have any questions simply leave a comment below, and as always, thanks for watching!


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Nick Saporito

Nick Saporito is a Philadelphia-based graphic designer who specializes in branding-specific design. A full portfolio and information regarding services offered can be found at LogosByNick.com.

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