Subtitle: - What to do when your machine craps out in final rendering
What do you do when you’re trying to render your final product at production specs, but your machine craps out? My boardgame maps are typically A0 size and make heavy use of raster effects. I turn these off while still in development so as to keep Illustrator responding snappily, but in the end, I want to print to pdf at 300dpi with all the raster effects on, and Illustrator sometimes bombs under the strain. There are a few Advanced Printing settings I have fiddled with, but the problem can persist.
My machine is a few years old and runs Windows 10 Home with 16GB of RAM. If the answer is to go to 32GB, fine, that’s probably a good excuse to get a new machine, but it doesn’t seem like there’s any guarantee. Oh, and I’m running Illustrator 2015.3, purposely staying well behind the bleeding edge because I value stability over blood.