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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.
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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