Adobe Illustrator: How can I create item that won’t print?

July 9, 2012 / Updated: May 12, 2018 / Lena Shore


I often have projects where I create the graphics in Illustrator and then I convert my fonts to outline for the press. So, I was thinking I would just put the name of the font on my file in the pasteboard area so I can see it and remember what font I used. But, how do I keep it from printing?


The trick is in your layers. Put all of your non-printing items (information, notes, fonts, die-cuts, etc.) on their own layer. Now double click the layer. You’ll see several options including “Print”. Just uncheck that “Print” box and you will be good to go!

Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.

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