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Using the Flattener Preview panel


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Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics

with Mordy Golding

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In a normal transparency workflow, you are working and you are having Illustrator handle all the flattening for you automatically in the workflow. For example, in the print stream or when it saves the file as EPS. But it's rare that you actually see the results of your flattening until you get your print job back or you get a proof back from the printer. So it can be really helpful to find some kind of way inside of Illustrator to make sure that your file is going to print correctly before you release the file. Likewise if you are in the business of pre-press you may want to double check a file before you send it out to print. Well, the good news is that Illustrator has a feature called Flattener Preview and that allows you to see the results of flattening before you actually flatten the file.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 33m 20s
    1. Introducing Live Paint
      38s
    2. Drawing in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    3. Creating a Live Paint group
      2m 54s
    4. Using the Live Paint Bucket tool
      3m 17s
    5. Using Live Paint with open paths
      2m 29s
    6. Detecting gaps in Live Paint groups
      4m 17s
    7. Adding paths to a Live Paint group
      3m 41s
    8. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      5m 44s
    9. Releasing and expanding Live Paint groups
      2m 55s
    10. Understanding how Live Paint groups work
      3m 4s
  3. 49m 36s
    1. Introducing the trace options
      39s
    2. Setting expectations: Live Trace
      2m 26s
    3. Using the Live Trace feature
      1m 51s
    4. Understanding how Live Trace works
      5m 41s
    5. Making raster-based adjustments
      5m 52s
    6. Tracing with fills, strokes, or both
      2m 55s
    7. Making vector-based adjustments
      6m 12s
    8. Adjusting colors in Live Trace
      4m 39s
    9. Using Photoshop with Live Trace
      5m 22s
    10. Releasing and expanding Live Trace artwork
      2m 58s
    11. Saving and exporting Live Trace presets
      2m 36s
    12. Tracing in Batch mode with Adobe Bridge
      1m 35s
    13. Turning an image into mosaic tiles
      2m 28s
    14. Tracing an image manually
      4m 22s
  4. 1h 24m
    1. Introducing 3D
      33s
    2. Setting expectations: 3D in Illustrator
      2m 53s
    3. How fills and strokes affect 3D artwork
      4m 43s
    4. Applying the 3D Extrude & Bevel effect
      6m 25s
    5. Applying a bevel
      5m 40s
    6. Showing the hidden faces of a 3D object
      4m 49s
    7. Applying the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 22s
    8. Visualizing the revolve axis
      3m 5s
    9. Applying the 3D Rotate effect
      1m 35s
    10. Adjusting surface settings
      9m 33s
    11. Understanding the importance of 3D and groups
      3m 24s
    12. Preparing art for mapping
      10m 19s
    13. Mapping artwork to a 3D surface
      14m 21s
    14. Hiding geometry with 3D artwork mapping
      4m 0s
    15. Extending the use of 3D in Illustrator
      8m 7s
  5. 44m 37s
    1. Introducing transformations and effects
      32s
    2. Using the Transform panel
      12m 37s
    3. Repeating transformations
      5m 23s
    4. Using the Transform Each function
      3m 48s
    5. Using the Convert to Shape effects
      5m 49s
    6. Using the Distort & Transform effects
      5m 12s
    7. Using the Path effects
      6m 58s
    8. Using the Pathfinder effects
      4m 18s
  6. 28m 23s
    1. Introducing graphic styles
      33s
    2. Applying graphic styles
      10m 8s
    3. Defining graphic styles
      8m 46s
    4. Previewing graphic styles
      2m 10s
    5. Modifying graphic styles
      3m 30s
    6. Understanding graphic styles for text
      3m 16s
  7. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing advanced masking techniques
      32s
    2. Understanding clipping masks
      7m 15s
    3. Using layer clipping masks
      6m 30s
    4. Creating opacity masks
      8m 32s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Introducing color
      40s
    2. Considering three types of color swatches
      7m 7s
    3. Managing color groups
      2m 58s
    4. Understanding the HSB color wheel
      3m 57s
    5. Understanding color harmonies
      2m 57s
    6. Using the color guide
      3m 54s
    7. Limiting the color guide
      3m 17s
    8. Modifying color with the Recolor Artwork feature
      6m 25s
    9. Using the Edit tab to adjust color
      5m 44s
    10. Using the Assign tab to replace colors
      8m 37s
    11. Making global color adjustments
      2m 17s
    12. Using Recolor options
      7m 3s
    13. Converting artwork to grayscale
      3m 23s
    14. Simulating artwork on different devices
      3m 18s
    15. Accessing Kuler directly from Illustrator
      2m 7s
    16. Ensuring high contrast for color-blind people
      2m 42s
  9. 53m 19s
    1. Introducing transparency
      40s
    2. Understanding transparency flattening
      2m 31s
    3. Exercising the two rules of transparency flattening
      10m 53s
    4. Understanding complex regions in transparency flattening
      4m 50s
    5. Exploring the transparency flattener settings
      8m 37s
    6. Using transparency flattening and object stacking order
      6m 39s
    7. Using the Flattener Preview panel
      6m 31s
    8. Creating and sharing Transparency Flattener presets
      2m 25s
    9. Working within an EPS workflow
      5m 3s
    10. Understanding the Illustrator and InDesign workflow
      5m 10s
  10. 50m 1s
    1. Introducing prepress and output
      23s
    2. Understanding resolutions
      8m 27s
    3. Discovering RGB and CMYK "gotchas"
      5m 42s
    4. Using Overprints and Overprint Preview
      7m 43s
    5. Understanding "book color" and proofing spot colors
      8m 1s
    6. Collecting vital information with Document Info
      2m 28s
    7. Previewing color separations onscreen
      1m 12s
    8. Making 3D artwork look good
      2m 16s
    9. Seeing white lines and knowing what to do about them
      2m 41s
    10. Creating "bulletproof" press-ready PDF files
      3m 45s
    11. Protecting content with secure PDFs
      2m 48s
    12. Using PDF presets
      2m 47s
    13. Moving forward: The Adobe PDF Print Engine
      1m 48s
  11. 35m 43s
    1. Introducing distortions
      27s
    2. Using the Warp effect
      4m 20s
    3. The Warp effect vs. envelope distortion
      3m 48s
    4. Applying the Make with Warp envelope distortion
      2m 45s
    5. Applying the Make with Mesh envelope distortion
      2m 41s
    6. Applying the Make with Top Object envelope distortion
      3m 45s
    7. Editing envelopes
      5m 0s
    8. Adjusting envelope settings
      4m 2s
    9. Releasing and expanding envelope distortions
      1m 44s
    10. Applying envelope distortions to text
      1m 27s
    11. Using the liquify distortion tools
      3m 5s
    12. Customizing the liquify tools
      2m 39s
  12. 28m 56s
    1. Introducing blends
      32s
    2. Blending two objects
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting blend options
      5m 47s
    4. Blending anchor points
      5m 36s
    5. Blending three or more objects
      2m 9s
    6. Replacing the spine of a blend
      4m 32s
    7. Reversing the direction of a blend
      2m 15s
    8. Releasing and expanding a blend
      1m 47s
  13. 46m 54s
    1. Introducing charts and graphs
      35s
    2. Setting expectations: Graphs in Illustrator
      3m 19s
    3. Creating a chart
      8m 2s
    4. Importing data
      3m 34s
    5. Formatting data
      5m 1s
    6. Customizing a chart
      10m 21s
    7. Combining chart types
      2m 40s
    8. Creating graph designs
      6m 0s
    9. Styling and updating graphs
      5m 33s
    10. Ungrouping graphs
      1m 49s
  14. 26m 36s
    1. Introducing Gradient Mesh
      23s
    2. Understanding the Gradient Mesh feature
      9m 34s
    3. Using Gradient Mesh to add contoured shading
      6m 14s
    4. Using Gradient Mesh to create photorealistic effects
      10m 25s
  15. 8m 18s
    1. Introducing flare effects
      25s
    2. Drawing a lens flare
      3m 28s
    3. Modifying a lens flare
      1m 27s
    4. Using a mask with lens flares
      2m 58s
  16. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics
9h 42m Intermediate Apr 03, 2009

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Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Tracing artwork both automatically and manually
  • Mapping artwork to complex 3D surfaces
  • Using pressure-sensitive distortion tools
  • Recoloring artwork across a document
  • Using Excel data to create charts and graphs
  • Understanding how transparency really works
  • Creating high-quality, press-ready PDFs
  • Building efficient files with graphic styles
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Using the Flattener Preview panel

In a normal transparency workflow, you are working and you are having Illustrator handle all the flattening for you automatically in the workflow. For example, in the print stream or when it saves the file as EPS. But it's rare that you actually see the results of your flattening until you get your print job back or you get a proof back from the printer. So it can be really helpful to find some kind of way inside of Illustrator to make sure that your file is going to print correctly before you release the file. Likewise if you are in the business of pre-press you may want to double check a file before you send it out to print. Well, the good news is that Illustrator has a feature called Flattener Preview and that allows you to see the results of flattening before you actually flatten the file.

Now I have a file here called flattener_ preview. I'm actually going to zoom out just a little bit. You really need a big monitor or big screen to take advantage of this feature because it simply just takes up your whole screen. I'm going to move this over here to the upper left hand corner of my screen. I'm going to go to the Window menu and I'm going to choose Flattener Preview. Now you can resize this to be just about anything that you want but obviously the bigger that you can make it the better, as this area here is going to preview how your artwork will appear when it does get flattened. Now by default right now this Preview area is empty and I'm going to click on this Refresh button, which will now load my entire documents artwork into this window.

Now Illustrator gives me a variety of different ways or settings that I can look at my artwork and preview how the transparency is going to be flattened. For example, right over here there is a pop-up menu and for Highlight it says now None, just giving me a color preview of my artwork. But if I click on this button over here and I say show me all transparent objects in my file. Illustrator will now turn all the artwork gray and any art that does have any kind of transparency setting inside of it will turn red. So now if I just take a look at my artwork I can see exactly what is transparent and what is not. For example, here this image has the drop shadow. The image itself has no transparency inside of it so that stays gray. But I'm seeing the bounding area, which is going to get rasterized over here. More importantly there is a setting here called All Affected Objects. This simply highlights to me in red, all colors that are somehow affected by transparency.

Notice over here at this text. This text that, as we have discussed in previous movies, can be affected by transparency if it sits beneath the drop shadow in the objects stacking order. However, if I bring that text to the top of the stacking order it will not get affected by transparency. Well as you can see right here my text is colored red which means that it is going to be rasterized and somehow affected by the transparency flattening. For example, if I go over here and I choose show me all transparent objects, I can see that the S, the U, and the R are all colored red while the F and then the rest of the letters here are not. In fact, if I zoom in a little bit closer here, you can use just a regular mouse over here to actually click and zoom in and use a regular keyboard shortcuts that you would on the artboard. For example, hold down the Option key or the Alt key on my keyboard to zoom back out over here. But you can easily see over here that this text is red, which means that it will be affected by transparency and in this case here it would get rasterized.

Let me zoom out just a little bit over here and I can know that I can adjust that by simply coming over here, selecting the text on my artboard bringing it to the top of my stacking order and then choosing the Refresh button here. Notice that now in doing so this text is no longer colored red, I'm now ensured that that text will not get rasterized in flattening process and my file will print correctly. So, this is a great way to use the Flattener Preview panel to really make sure that your artwork is going to print correctly before you send it out to print. Now one of the things I want to point out over here where it says Highlight, I could also choose to basically highlight all of my Rasterized Complex Region.

In doing so, we can now see the areas that Illustrator has identified as being very complex and these are the areas that Illustrator is going to rasterize purely due to performance reasons. Now I'm going to move this panel over just a little bit because I want to access the fly-out menu here. I want to go ahead and choose Show Options and you will notice that now all the settings that I have had in the Flatten Transparency dialog box are now here as well. In fact, this is a great way to really see the difference that some of these particular setting make on your final results when your artwork get flattened. For example, we have been speaking about now the complex regions. So I'm going to go ahead and move this up a little bit. I want to be able to see the difference what happens to my artwork here when I adjust these settings here on the slider. We know that as I move my slider far, far towards the right more areas will become vector.

So I'll make sure that I'll have less and less rasterized content in my file, whereas the more I move the slider towards the left, I know that my artwork now becomes more and more raster. Basically I get better performance down here but I get better output quality when my slider is somewhere over here. So now for example, in this particular setting here where it set to 75 which is a default setting inside of Illustrator, I'm seeing a lot of this area here which is red which means that these are areas that Illustrator has identified as complex regions and will hence raster those areas so that they print faster.

But watch what happens when I take this slider and I turn it over up to 100. Now when I go ahead and I choose Refresh you will see that for the Highlight here the Rasterized Complex Regions setting is grayed out. That's because at the 100 setting there is no way that Illustrator can actually rasterize anything due to performance reasons. That's my way of basically turning off that possible setting. If I come down to 99 though and I choose Refresh, I may see now that there are fewer areas that are being rasterized as complex regions because now Illustrator just being a little bit more generous as far as saying I'll be okay with printing things little bit slower so I get better quality.

So there is one of the things to take a note of here in the Flattener Preview panel and that's with this particular setting right here, Convert All Text to Outlines or Convert All Strokes to Outlines. Now as I have spoken about before in previous movies those settings ensure that when I go ahead and I flatten all the text in my file, even it that text does overlap transparent regions and gets rasterize, they will all be converted to outlines so that my text will appear consistent in my file. However, calculating all that information takes a lot of time here in the Flattener Preview panel. So by default if I look over here at the panel menu I can see that the Quick Preview setting is turned on. With the Quick Preview setting Illustrator does not bother rendering how text is going to look when it gets converted to outlines. However, if I do choose the Detailed Preview, I'll see that any of the settings for the text also take effect here in the Flattener Preview panel and I'll also know that I have to take a little bit more time in rendering that from a performance perspective.

I will choose Hide Options again to return the Flattener Preview panel to its default view. So there you have it. The Flattener Preview panel does give you the opportunity to preview your artwork as it's going to get rasterized before you actually perform those steps. Now you don't need to do this for every file that you work on but if there are some files that you are working on it, you just want to make sure they are going to print correctly, the Flattener Preview is a great way to do that.

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