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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Native File Formats

Welcome to the future: Unless you are submitting a vector file for use in a workflow that doesn’t support native Illustrator files (such as a word-processing program or some sign-cutting workflows), there’s no reason to save an Illustrator file as EPS in the current environment, and a number of reasons in favor of using the native Illustrator (.AI) format.

If you’re planning to place the artwork into an InDesign page, there is some motivation to go native. InDesign honors transparency and blending modes in a native Illustrator file. This means that a placed Illustrator file can interact with other artwork in InDesign, allowing you to create some interesting opacity and blending effects that would not be possible with an EPS, ...

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