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In this installment of Illustrator Insider Training, Mordy Golding shows experienced Illustrator users how to create transparency effects and ensure reliable printing results. This course reviews the history of vector transparency and covers features such as knockout groups, opacity masks, and transparency flattening. Mordy also shows how to establish a safe workflow when placing Illustrator graphics containing transparency in PostScript, PDF, and InDesign files. A free worksheet is included with the course.
I've structured this series of courses based on years of teaching Illustrator to many different kinds of people, from newcomers to experts. The topics aren't haphazardly grouped together. Rather each lesson and each chapter builds on the previous one. The best way to follow this course is to watch the movies in order chapter by chapter. Try to resist jumping around from movie to movie. Although you may pick up a few useful tips and tricks if you do jump around, you'll ultimately miss out on what this training aims to give you: a total understanding of how and why the tips and tricks work.
Now, the goal of this training is not to teach you how to add glows or drop shadows or create shiny buttons with reflections. Instead it's my hope that you'll come to understand the concepts behind the techniques so that you can come up with your own solution to the creative issues that you face everyday. Oh and one more thing. To help reinforce your learning throughout the course and to also help you focus on the important concepts that you've been learning, I've created a simple worksheet which you can download as a free Exercise File. You can either print out the worksheet or fill it out on your computer.
Now, keep the worksheet handy as you watch each video and as you learn new concepts, fill in the answers. Throughout the training, these important concepts will be highlighted on the screen to help you out. There is also plenty of space on the worksheet where you can take your own notes or jot down questions that you might have. So if you haven't already done so, go ahead and download the worksheet now.
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