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

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Simplifying Complex Artwork

Even though today’s computers and current RIPs are significantly faster than their ancestors, there are still some benefits to eliminating complexity where possible. Pen paths with too many points can be lumpy and rough. And extraneous, empty points can result in incorrect boundaries for artwork, since the bounding box of an Illustrator file can be determined by the outermost points in the artwork (depending on how the file is saved, as well as how it’s imported into another application).

Fortunately, Illustrator offers some tools for polishing your drawing. Choose Object > Path > Clean Up to delete those little stray points that you might create with inadvertent pen clicks, objects with no fill and stroke, and those ...

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