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

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Illustrator Native Files (AI)

Illustrator native files offer several advantages over the traditional EPS files when placed in InDesign. Transparency and blending modes in Illustrator AI files are fully honored by InDesign. Drop shadows created in Illustrator with the Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow method will interact correctly with underlying elements in an InDesign page—unlike Photoshop’s drop shadows. Illustrator objects with blending modes such as Multiply, Screen, or Darken will affect InDesign elements as expected: InDesign and Illustrator speak the same dialect when it comes to blending modes. You can also invoke Object Layer Options for an AI file. A native file can also be considerably smaller on disk than an EPS version of the same ...

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