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Printing and saving files with transparency effects

Once you've created a document with transparency, blending modes, feathering, or other effects that produce artwork with transparency effects, you must set up the document for printing or exporting. The best way to preserve transparency effects is to export the document to the Photoshop (PSD) file format. Exporting to the Photoshop file format retains the transparency masks and links created in the Transparency palette, and layers as they were created in Illustrator. However, only top-level layers are preserved; any nested layers in Illustrator are flattened into the top-level layer.

To preserve as much of the vector art in your document as possible, use the Quality/Speed slider in the Document Setup dialog box. Illustrator uses these settings to determine the quality, printing speed, or both, for your artwork. Using these settings, you can vary the percentage of vector artwork to rasterized artwork when flattening transparent artwork, or you can change the output resolution for rasterized artwork. Each setting has trade-offs. Rasterizing everything in a file degrades some of vector graphics' crisp edges. But maintaining too much of the vector artwork may make a file difficult to print due to your printer's memory limitations.


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