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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.
Before we get into the heart of this course I want to take a moment to focus on the idea that transparency is what Adobe calls a core technology. In other words, it's really less of a feature and more of an imaging model that is used across Adobe applications. If you think about it, Adobe has many design applications and where possible Adobe tries to share technology across these applications. This makes things not only more efficient for the Adobe engineers, but it also ensures that the things are consistent for us, the people who actually use the software.
For example, Adobe uses a shared technology called Ace or the Adobe Color Engine. This color engine drives the color management feature across Adobe applications and it makes it possible for us to preview color consistently and in the same way across the different design applications that we use everyday. Printing and transparency are also shared technologies at Adobe. What this means for you is A, whether you print your art from Illustrator, InDesign, or Acrobat you'll always get the same results and B, the concepts that you'll be learning in this course apply not only to Adobe Illustrator, but also to InDesign and Acrobat as well.
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