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Part: Five Going Public > Printing Your Illustrations

Chapter 24. Printing Your Illustrations

Sure, Illustrator images and effects look fantastic on the computer monitor. But the real proof of a program is in the printing. (If you're using Illustrator only to create Web graphics or screen illustrations, please feel free to skip this chapter.) Illustrator has a great track record when it comes to printing objects exactly as you see them on the screen, with the lowest likelihood of error. However, printing problems don't just happen randomly. Those people who manage to avoid problems usually have a good understanding of how to create their files and set their options with the output in mind.

This chapter explains how to print your illustrations to a PostScript-compatible printer (also called an output device). Although Illustrator is capable of printing to non-PostScript printers, such as inkjet devices, this is not its forte. I don't mean to be a PostScript elitist—heck, I love my color inkjets—but every high-resolution, professional-quality device includes a PostScript interpreter. And even those who proof their artwork on inkjet devices will eventually have their files separated using high-resolution PostScript printers.


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