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

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Saving For Other Applications

Whereas the undisputed choice of file format once was EPS, that’s no longer the case: There are significant advantages to saving Illustrator files in the native AI format. InDesign fully supports the blending modes and transparency effects in AI files, allowing such attributes to interact with other elements in an InDesign page. The Object Layer Options feature in InDesign allows you to selectively reveal or hide layers of placed Illustrator AI files (this option is not available for EPS files). And even though we now have enormous hard drives and tons of RAM, it’s nice to know that an AI file is usually quite a bit smaller than an EPS.

If your file’s ultimate fate is placement in a QuarkXPress layout or Word document, ...

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