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Chapter 11. Applying Appearance Attribut... > Saving and printing files with trans...

Saving and printing files with transparency effects

Now that you have learned to take advantage of Effects and the Appearance palette, you need to learn how to get them to print correctly. Many of the Effects used in this lesson take advantage of Illustrator’s ability to create transparency. Transparency is applied to any object that has been modified to affect an underlying object. Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop work seamlessly together and will maintain transparency from one application to the other if the proper workflow is followed. This simple workflow includes a step at the end necessary for printing, called flattening.

Flattening is a term used to define the process of converting all transparent objects into a collection of opaque objects that retain the appearance of the original transparent objects when printed.


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