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Printing your artwork

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Video: Printing your artwork

When you've finished with your artwork inside of Illustrator, it's time to print it, and send it off to the client. In this movie, I'll be exploring Illustrator's Print command, and how you can use it to export your artwork, and get it in the hands of the people who write the checks. Let's go up to the File menu, and go down to Print. The Print dialog box, right out of the gate, looks a little daunting, and that's okay. Let's go through it piece by piece, and take a look at everything that's going on in here. I will start off here at the top, where you will see Print Presets. At the top, we can select any type any type of Print Preset we want.

Printing your artwork

When you've finished with your artwork inside of Illustrator, it's time to print it, and send it off to the client. In this movie, I'll be exploring Illustrator's Print command, and how you can use it to export your artwork, and get it in the hands of the people who write the checks. Let's go up to the File menu, and go down to Print. The Print dialog box, right out of the gate, looks a little daunting, and that's okay. Let's go through it piece by piece, and take a look at everything that's going on in here. I will start off here at the top, where you will see Print Presets. At the top, we can select any type any type of Print Preset we want.

In this case, we've only got the defaults though. Default, and Default for Web/Video/Mobile. In this case, I am going to keep it on Custom, because I am going to change some of these settings. You can also select your printer. In this case, I have Adobe PDF selected, simply because I don't have a printing device selected on this computer. This Printer Preset dialog box will show you every printer that's connected to your computer, or that's available on your network, so you can simply pick the output device from this list. You also choose the PPD if you'd like, and then underneath here, we have the General options.

This is where you can set things like number of copies, whether or not it goes in reverse order; you can also choose to export out your artboards, like All, or a specific Range. You can also choose to Ignore Artboards, or skip any blank artboards that might be present in your document. Your Media Size, and this can be defined by a driver, or you can simply pick a custom media size here. Directly underneath here, you have Options, like whether or not you print your layers, like Visible layers, Visible & Printable Layers, or All Layers. In some cases, you may have layers that are hidden, or only layers that are visible, and not printable.

In this case, you can pick which ones go where. You can also choose the placement of the artwork; whether or not it's in the middle, the left, right, corner, wherever. You can also determine the X and Y offset. If you needed to scale your artwork down to fit on a specific media size, you can choose the Scaling here. Then you can specify your options in the fields below. You can also add things like Marks and Bleed to your document. If you need to add printer's marks, you can check All Printer's Marks. It will add things like Trim Marks, Registration Marks, Color Bars, and Page Information.

To the right of that, you can set things like the type of printer marks -- either Roman, or Japanese -- and also Trim Mark Weight. That determines the thickness of the trim marks. You can also determine whether or not the document uses Bleed settings that are in the document itself, or you can specify your own. In the Output section, you can determine things like the Mode; whether or not it's Composite, or Separation. You can also determine the Emulsion type, either Up or Down. You can also select the Image, whether or not it's Positive or Negative, based on which type of Mode you've selected.

Underneath there, you will be able to pick your Printer Resolution. Chances are, you can get this from your commercial printer; what the LPI, and DPI setting should be. Once you have those, pick it, and you can send it out. You can also choose whether or not to Convert All Spot Colors to Process, Overprint Black, and then you get Document Ink Options down here at the bottom as well. In the Graphics section, you can determine the quality of your graphics by adjusting the slider at the top. By default, it's set to Automatic, but you can actually uncheck that box, and then drag the Quality slider either to the right, or to the left.

Dragging it to the left automatically gives you better quality; dragging it to the right gives you better speed, but it also decreases the quality of the image. You can also choose whether or not you download the entire set of fonts, or only a subset of fonts, which reflects the font used in the document. You can also choose not to download fonts as well. In the Options section, you have the ability to change the PostScript options. You should only change these if you really know what you're doing. If you don't know much about PostScript options, I suggest just leaving this alone.

Color Management; you can actually determine how Illustrator handles color when printing. By default, it shows you the document profile, which is, in this case, is Generic RGB. Then you can say whether not you're going to let Illustrator determine the colors, or let your PostScript printer device determine the colors. You can also select a Printer Profile. If you've taken the time to calibrate your device and your monitor, chances are, you've got your own profile already in here. If you have, you can simply pick it, and go from there. If not, you'll want to pick one of these profiles that matches up to all your other devices.

The Rendering Intent; you can choose between Relative Colorimetric, Perceptual, Saturation, and Absolute Colorimetric. If you're not sure what Rendering Intents are, hovering over the box gives you a small description down below, where you can see exactly what that means. In the Advanced section, you have the ability to choose how the Overprints are handles; whether not you Preserve them, Discard them, or Simulate them, and then you can also print a resolution for things that have transparency, like Medium, High, or Low. In this case, if you're going out for commercial print, I suggest setting this to High.

If you're going out for just a regular old Inkjet printer, you can select Medium, and if you're going for just a screen ready PDF that's going to be viewed online, Low Resolution should be fine. At the very bottom, you get a Summary where you can see an aggregate of all of the information that you've entered so far. You'll also be able to see Warnings towards the bottom. In this case, this document has two warnings, indicating that the document contains colors that are out-of-gamut, and also that the Document Raster Effects settings are set as less than 72 pixels per inch. Both of these need to be corrected before I go to print.

The first one needs to be corrected, because if I have out-of-gamut colors ,that means colors won't be reproduced correctly upon printing, and there's nothing worse than printing something that doesn't look like it does on screen. The second setting refers to Document Raster Effects resolution. This means if you have complex effects, like gradients, drop shadows, or Gaussian Blurs, that it might box these in, or make them choppy in appearance when you're printing them. You have to go into the Document Setup in order to change this resolution, and if you're going out for commercial print, these needs to be pretty high; something like 150 to 300 dots per inch.

Once you're finished inside this dialog box, you can hit Done to accept the settings, or you can hit the Print button to go ahead and print it out to your printer. For now, since I don't have a printer selected, I am simply going to hit Done. All of these printer settings are now saved in this document, and if I hit Control+S, or Command+S on the Mac to save it, they're stored within the document, and then each time I open it up, or choose to print it again, I don't have to go back through all of those different settings.

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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

116 video lessons · 73726 viewers

Justin Seeley
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  1. 1m 15s
    1. What is Illustrator?
      1m 15s
  2. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
  3. 41m 25s
    1. Understanding vector graphics
      5m 0s
    2. Setting preferences
      9m 24s
    3. Touring the interface
      9m 41s
    4. Exploring the panels
      6m 54s
    5. Working with the Control panel
      4m 25s
    6. Creating and saving workspaces
      6m 1s
  4. 43m 42s
    1. Creating files for print
      4m 42s
    2. Creating files for the web
      3m 36s
    3. Managing multiple documents
      3m 25s
    4. Navigating within a document
      5m 21s
    5. Using rulers, guides, and grids
      6m 59s
    6. Changing units of measurement
      1m 50s
    7. Using preview modes
      3m 10s
    8. Creating and using custom views
      3m 12s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 43s
    10. Creating and using artboards
      7m 44s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Setting your selection preferences
      5m 57s
    2. Using the Direct Selection and Group Selection tools
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 45s
    4. Using the Lasso tool
      4m 9s
    5. Selecting objects by attribute
      6m 48s
    6. Grouping objects
      3m 7s
    7. Using isolation mode
      4m 48s
    8. Resizing your artwork
      3m 55s
    9. Rotating objects
      2m 10s
    10. Distorting and transforming objects
      6m 26s
    11. Repeating transformations
      5m 6s
    12. Reflecting and skewing objects
      4m 54s
    13. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 38s
  6. 29m 27s
    1. RGB vs. CMYK
      1m 46s
    2. Adjusting Illustrator color settings
      5m 10s
    3. Process vs. global swatches
      5m 6s
    4. Creating spot colors
      3m 40s
    5. Using the swatch groups
      2m 33s
    6. Working with color libraries
      3m 17s
    7. Importing swatches
      4m 4s
    8. Using the Color Guide panel
      3m 51s
  7. 57m 36s
    1. Understanding fills and strokes
      4m 18s
    2. Working with fills
      4m 58s
    3. Working with strokes
      8m 46s
    4. Creating dashes and arrows
      8m 1s
    5. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 3s
    6. Using width profiles
      3m 31s
    7. Outlining strokes
      3m 51s
    8. Creating and editing gradients
      5m 45s
    9. Applying gradients to strokes
      3m 8s
    10. Applying and editing pattern fills
      4m 52s
    11. Creating your own pattern fill
      6m 23s
  8. 20m 20s
    1. Understanding paths
      2m 41s
    2. Understanding anchor points
      4m 20s
    3. Working with open and closed paths
      5m 28s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      4m 9s
    5. Using the Scissors tool and the Knife tool
      3m 42s
  9. 37m 56s
    1. Understanding drawing modes
      4m 23s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 15s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      4m 11s
    4. Working with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 32s
    5. Working with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      5m 26s
    6. Working with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
      7m 8s
    7. Smoothing and erasing paths
      5m 1s
  10. 35m 53s
    1. Exploring the Pen tool
      2m 39s
    2. Drawing straight lines
      5m 12s
    3. Drawing simple curves
      5m 23s
    4. Understanding the many faces of the Pen tool
      6m 10s
    5. Converting corners and curves
      1m 46s
    6. Your keyboard is your friend
      2m 14s
    7. Tracing artwork with the Pen tool
      12m 29s
  11. 35m 33s
    1. Adjusting your type settings
      4m 10s
    2. Creating point and area text
      3m 36s
    3. Basic text editing
      2m 14s
    4. Creating threaded text
      4m 59s
    5. Using the type panels
      9m 48s
    6. Creating text on a path
      5m 11s
    7. Converting text into paths
      1m 43s
    8. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
  12. 27m 25s
    1. Exploring the Appearance panel
      4m 44s
    2. Explaining attribute stacking order
      1m 40s
    3. Applying multiple fills
      3m 1s
    4. Applying multiple strokes
      4m 20s
    5. Adjusting appearance with live effects
      4m 46s
    6. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      8m 54s
  13. 20m 44s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 18s
    2. Creating and editing layers
      3m 27s
    3. Targeting objects in the Layers panel
      3m 3s
    4. Working with sublayers
      3m 0s
    5. Hiding, locking, and deleting layers
      4m 14s
    6. Using the Layers panel menu
      2m 42s
  14. 46m 0s
    1. Placing images into Illustrator
      2m 53s
    2. Working with the Links panel
      6m 5s
    3. Embedding images into Illustrator
      3m 12s
    4. Cropping images with a mask
      5m 8s
    5. Exploring the Image Trace panel
      12m 14s
    6. Tracing photographs
      8m 6s
    7. Tracing line art
      4m 33s
    8. Converting pixels to paths
      3m 49s
  15. 19m 21s
    1. What are symbols?
      2m 45s
    2. Using prebuilt symbols
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      4m 19s
    4. Creating new symbols
      3m 50s
    5. Breaking the symbol link
      3m 19s
    6. Redefining symbols
      2m 5s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      4m 29s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      3m 49s
    3. Applying artwork to the grid
      3m 51s
  17. 35m 7s
    1. Printing your artwork
      6m 16s
    2. Saving your artwork
      2m 2s
    3. Saving in legacy formats
      3m 0s
    4. Saving templates
      4m 18s
    5. Creating PDF files
      5m 23s
    6. Saving for the web
      4m 46s
    7. Creating high-res bitmap images
      3m 58s
    8. Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign
      5m 24s
  18. 56s
    1. Next steps
      56s

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