Illustrator CC 2015 to Word 2016: Vector not displaying correctly

I have a vector art on Illustrator that I’d like to use as background image for my cover on some projects (display only, not print). I intend to keep the document as a high-quality vector PDF, like those books, magazines, whitepapers PDFs where you can zoom in and never lose the quality, so using PNG or JPG isn’t an option.

Original image: — That’s what I want displayed on the PDF after I exported it from Word.


  1. Illustrator CC: File > Export > WMF
  2. Word 2016: Insert picture > WMF file
  3. Word 2016: File > Export > PDF

RESULT: and — Vector loses quality.


  1. Illustrator CC: File > Save As > EPS
  2. Word 2016: Insert picture > EPS file
  3. Word 2016: File > Export > PDF

RESULT: and — Still a vector, but the colors are all messed up and the lines aren’t clear like the original.

Word 2016 settings:

  • Default output 330ppi

Illustrator CC settings:

  • 1200ppi Line Art and Text
  • 300ppi Gradient and Mesh
  • Raster/Vector Balance: 100
  • Convert all Text to Outlines: unchecked
  • Convert all Strokes to Outlines: unchecked
  • Anti-alias Rasters: unchecked
  • Artboard size: Letter (8.5in x 11in)
  • RGB Color Mode


What I suggest you do is create two separate PDF’s — one out of Illustrator and one out of Word — and combine them in Acrobat or Preview or another PDF editing tool. Don’t put your cover art through Word at all.

So your steps would be:

  1. export your document from Word as PDF
  2. export your cover from Illustrator as PDF
  3. open the document PDF in a PDF editor
  4. add the cover PDF at the beginning of the document — essentially page zero (in Preview you do this by showing page thumbnails and just dragging the cover art PDF into the thumbnails so that it is the first thumbnail)
  5. print or export as a final combined PDF for sharing

Source : Link , Question Author : JChris , Answer Author : Simon White

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