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Enhancing performance with Rasterize

From: Illustrator Insider Training: Rethinking the Essentials

Video: Enhancing performance with Rasterize

There are some times when you'll actually using effect inside of Illustrator not to change the appearance of artwork, but rather to help you work a little bit faster inside of Illustrator with your artwork. Now there may be times if you're working on a kind of design that uses many different patterns--patterns, if they are complex, can not only slow down re-draw time when you're working inside of Illustrator, it can really slow down print times as well. In fact, it's not uncommon for me to see people take really complex artwork that uses tons of patterns inside of Illustrator and bring them into Photoshop and try to print them from Photoshop because it even prints faster there, even at a higher resolution.

Enhancing performance with Rasterize

There are some times when you'll actually using effect inside of Illustrator not to change the appearance of artwork, but rather to help you work a little bit faster inside of Illustrator with your artwork. Now there may be times if you're working on a kind of design that uses many different patterns--patterns, if they are complex, can not only slow down re-draw time when you're working inside of Illustrator, it can really slow down print times as well. In fact, it's not uncommon for me to see people take really complex artwork that uses tons of patterns inside of Illustrator and bring them into Photoshop and try to print them from Photoshop because it even prints faster there, even at a higher resolution.

Well, you don't have to go to that extreme at all. In fact, you can use an effect to temporarily turn a vector object into a raster-based object, and in doing so, when it prints out of Illustrator, it will print as a raster. But it still remains fully editable as a vector object inside of Illustrator. Let me show you what I mean. I have right now a document called performance.ai. It's simply a regular rectangle that's filled with a pattern. Now if you are finding that it's taking a really long time to get your file printed out of Illustrator, you can simply select the objects that have the patterns applied to them and maybe even target just the fill of those objects like I'm doing here, and then go to the Effect menu and choose Rasterize.

Now the Rasterize dialog box appears. I am going to choose a high resolution of 300 pixels per inch, because I do want to get nice output on my printer, but now I will click OK. As an effect, Illustrator now converted that fill to a rasterized version of that fill. Now if I am printing to like an ink jet printer or even a laser printer for proofing in-house, it's doubtful that I will see any difference at all between my vectorized version of the pattern or the rasterized version of it. More importantly, from my perspective this will print out a lot faster because Illustrator and the printer doesn't need to calculate all of that vector information.

However, from the perspective of working inside of Illustrator, that pattern is still a regular pattern, which I can edit and make changes to. So again, if I look at my fill right now, I see that I have the rasterize effect applied just to the fill, and I will get speedy performance as far as re-draw and printing when I'm working. But if I am sending this artwork to maybe a high-end printer for a really, really good proof that I might want to use to present to a client, I can simply turn off the Rasterize effect and then go to print. Likewise, when I send the file out, for final processing, I'll just simply take that rasterized effect and drag it to the trash, at which point that I know I'll get the best output when my print service provider actually produces a file.

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  1. 8m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring the Illustrator Timeline
      5m 12s
    3. Getting the most out of this training
      1m 30s
    4. Using the exercise files
      25s
  2. 16m 27s
    1. Starting off on the right foot
      27s
    2. Knowing the difference between structure and presentation
      4m 38s
    3. Understanding paths and attributes
      4m 56s
    4. Distributing stroke weight along a path
      2m 25s
    5. Bottoms up: Object hierarchy and stacking order
      4m 1s
  3. 51m 9s
    1. The all-important Appearance panel
      37s
    2. Understanding attribute stacking order
      6m 45s
    3. Targeting individual object attributes
      7m 32s
    4. Adding multiple attributes to a single object
      9m 31s
    5. Modifying appearances with Live Effects
      7m 11s
    6. Using multiple strokes to create a border design
      4m 36s
    7. Using multiple strokes to create a map
      5m 52s
    8. Using multiple fills to mix spot colors
      4m 59s
    9. Using multiple fills to create textures
      4m 6s
  4. 46m 2s
    1. Learning to live with appearances
      30s
    2. Basic appearance vs. complex appearance
      4m 27s
    3. Clearing or expanding an appearance
      10m 52s
    4. Controlling the appearance of newly drawn art
      5m 11s
    5. Saving appearances with graphic styles
      6m 54s
    6. Changing artwork by modifying a graphic style
      7m 39s
    7. Uncovering a treasure trove of graphic styles
      5m 1s
    8. Copying appearances with the Eyedropper tool
      5m 28s
  5. 33m 28s
    1. Why do we create groups?
      1m 48s
    2. Applying an effect to a group
      4m 38s
    3. Understanding the difference between targeting and selecting
      4m 44s
    4. Knowing the dangers of ungrouping artwork
      2m 21s
    5. Using Isolation mode to preserve group structure
      6m 59s
    6. Adding a stroke to a group
      6m 13s
    7. Adding a 3D effect to a group
      3m 36s
    8. Extending the concept of groups to type objects
      3m 9s
  6. 46m 34s
    1. Are you a layers person?
      33s
    2. Learning to use the Layers and Objects panel
      9m 27s
    3. Making selections and editing stacking order
      6m 38s
    4. Reading and using the target circles
      8m 43s
    5. Copying artwork and appearances
      5m 37s
    6. Adding effects to layers
      9m 56s
    7. Getting the most out of the Layers panel
      5m 40s
  7. 47m 19s
    1. It's more than just a drop shadow?
      48s
    2. Adding basic texture with Mezzotint
      7m 50s
    3. Generating custom textures with Texturizer
      12m 22s
    4. Adding a stroke to an image with Outline Object
      5m 54s
    5. Aligning text precisely with Outline Object
      6m 31s
    6. Adding callout numbers with Convert to Shape
      4m 36s
    7. Enhancing performance with Rasterize
      2m 30s
    8. Avoiding pitfalls when using effects
      6m 48s
  8. 31m 59s
    1. Asking yourself the "what if?" question
      33s
    2. Outlining artwork with Offset Path and Pathfinder Add
      5m 36s
    3. Adding captions with Convert to Shape and Transform
      7m 1s
    4. Creating a crosshatch effect with Scribble
      5m 44s
    5. Creating buttons with Round Corners and Transform
      13m 5s
  9. 25m 21s
    1. Working with other people's files
      36s
    2. Setting up a workspace that makes sense
      9m 43s
    3. Learning to "read" an Illustrator file
      5m 48s
    4. Controlling pixel resolution
      9m 14s
  10. 1m 2s
    1. Next steps
      1m 2s

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