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Printing files from Illustrator

From: Illustrator Insider Training: Seeing Through Transparency

Video: Printing files from Illustrator

When it comes time to printing your file directly out of Illustrator, know that you can also choose which flattener preset you want to use. I'm going to press Command+P or Ctrl+P on Windows to bring up my Print dialog box. And if I click on the Advanced option right here, I see that where it says Overprint and Transparency Flattener Options, I can choose which of the presets I want to use when I print my document. Now it's just important to realize that you could have certain devices that you know that you always send proofs to and then you have other devices in your office, maybe a higher-end print,r that you use for higher-quality proofs.

Printing files from Illustrator

When it comes time to printing your file directly out of Illustrator, know that you can also choose which flattener preset you want to use. I'm going to press Command+P or Ctrl+P on Windows to bring up my Print dialog box. And if I click on the Advanced option right here, I see that where it says Overprint and Transparency Flattener Options, I can choose which of the presets I want to use when I print my document. Now it's just important to realize that you could have certain devices that you know that you always send proofs to and then you have other devices in your office, maybe a higher-end print,r that you use for higher-quality proofs.

If that's the case, what you might want o do is actually create a print preset. In other words, for example, I want to print to a low-end printer. I might choose my proofing preset here, choose the printer that I'm actually going to be printing to, and then choose to save this as a print preset and I might call that preset low-res proof. That way when I come back to my Print dialog box, I can simply click on this little pop-up here and choose to say print a low-end proof and Illustrator will automatically know use the proofing transparency flattener preset and also print to this specific device with these settings.

So if you do a lot of printing from Illustrator, it might make sense for you to come here and take a look at these settings and may be even create a few print presets of your own.

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  1. 7m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. The history of vector transparency
      4m 2s
    3. Getting the most out of this training
      1m 30s
    4. Using the exercise files
      26s
  2. 6m 21s
    1. Transparency living in a world of PostScript
      2m 56s
    2. Transparency...it's everywhere
      2m 13s
    3. Transparency across Adobe applications
      1m 12s
  3. 42m 20s
    1. Deconstructing the Transparency panel
      7m 48s
    2. Adding transparency to gradients
      4m 59s
    3. Using the Isolate Blending setting
      5m 20s
    4. Understanding how overprints and knockouts work
      6m 26s
    5. Using the Knockout Group setting
      6m 47s
    6. Using the Knockout Group setting without a group
      6m 2s
    7. Understanding the Opacity & Mask Define Knockout Shape setting
      4m 58s
  4. 36m 26s
    1. What is an opacity mask?
      3m 37s
    2. Learning from channels in Photoshop
      7m 20s
    3. Creating an opacity mask
      6m 44s
    4. Editing an opacity mask
      5m 31s
    5. Using a gradient as an opacity mask
      4m 44s
    6. Using image pixels as an opacity mask
      4m 4s
    7. Using a complex appearance as an opacity mask
      4m 26s
  5. 53m 30s
    1. Understanding transparency flattening
      5m 58s
    2. Learning the two rules of flattening
      8m 1s
    3. Understanding the concept of complex regions
      7m 47s
    4. Exploring the Transparency Flattener options
      11m 44s
    5. The relationship between flattening and stacking order
      8m 22s
    6. Using the Flattener Preview panel
      8m 3s
    7. Creating and sharing flattener presets
      3m 35s
  6. 24m 37s
    1. Working with PostScript (EPS) files
      7m 22s
    2. Placing Illustrator files into InDesign layouts
      3m 59s
    3. Copying graphics from Illustrator
      2m 41s
    4. Saving PDF files
      4m 41s
    5. Using the PDF/X standards
      4m 36s
    6. Printing files from Illustrator
      1m 18s
  7. 34s
    1. Next steps
      34s

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