Join Mordy Golding for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the PDF/X standards, part of Illustrator: Seeing Through Transparency.
As we discussed in the previous movie, PDF is basically a wrapper format,…meaning that I can put anything inside of the PDF file and transmit it from one…computer to another.…Because of that, engineers like to refer to the PDF file format as a garbage…in/garbage out format.…It means that if you put garbage into your file, when you open up that PDF file,…the only thing you have is garbage inside of it.…In other words, whatever you put into it is what you are going to get out of it.…Now this posed the problem for printers when PDF first started becoming popular…because they would actually ask a design to supply them with a PDF file, but…they had no way of knowing what settings the designer was using when they…created the PDF file.…
Did they include the fonts in a PDF file?…Did they use high-resolution images?…Were any of images in the RGB color format?…I mean there were so many of the different settings that were possible inside…of a PDF file and then often those settings were incorrect and resulted in bad output.…
- Understanding how transparency works across the Adobe applications
- Deconstructing the Transparency panel
- Adding transparency to gradients
- Understanding how overprints and knockouts work
- Using a gradient or complex appearance as an opacity mask
- The rules of transparency flattening
- Working with complex regions
- Understanding the relationship between flattening and stacking order
- Creating and sharing flattener presets
- Saving PDF files and using the PDF/X standards
Skill Level Intermediate
Illustrator: Coloring Artwork (2011)with Mordy Golding4h 44m Intermediate
Illustrator: Rethinking the Essentialswith Mordy Golding5h 7m Intermediate
Illustrator: Drawing without the Pen Toolwith Mordy Golding4h 39m Intermediate
1. Core Transparency Concepts
2. Applying Transparency
3. Using Opacity Masks
4. Transparency Flattening
5. Establishing a Safe Workflow
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