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You dont need transparency when printing (a print has no transparency) so quite many prints shops require you to flatten the transparency. If you want to save it as a flattened file, i.e. a file that no longer contains layers, then you just need to uncheck the ‘Create Acrobat Layers from. That’s why it defaults to PDF version (the equivalent of PostScript, one might say), making it necessary to flatten transparency, with all kinds of mysterious.

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You can also find more information on printing and flattening files with transparency in the Adobe Illustrator User to User forum.

How to print and save transparent artwork in Illustrator

Please turn JavaScript back on and reload this page. For working within Illustrator, and especially within the same version among different users, there is no need to flatten.

Correct Answers – 10 points. Specifies the amount of vector information that will be preserved. In addition, in Illustrator you can apply them when saving files to earlier versions of Illustrator or when copying to the clipboard; in Acrobat, you can also apply them when optimizing PDFs.

Third reason is if you want to edit the compound color and other editing tricks that rely on the flatteners features. Then you can use transparency flattener to retain your graphics. Merging is just like flattening but only for the layers you specifyso il,ustrator to save a copy of your project before making any changes, because you won’t be able to undo them. When including, say, a cut-out image from Photoshop in my Illustrator doent, I get a “box outline” around the cut-out image when printed.


How can we make this article more useful? Sign up using Facebook. The flatte affects the precision of intersections when flattened.

Even then I missed what you were saying about ticking objects for a while, then got it. What is the best method?

Print and save transparent artwork

To minimize stitching problems, select Clip Complex Regions. Transparency Flattener Preset options. During the creative process, it’s useful to separate graphics into traansparency elements, but when you’re ready to export a finished piece, you’ll probably want to consolidate the layers into a single group.

You can control the speed and quality of the preview image by selecting an option from the panel menu. Then from the additional menu, clicked flatten artwork.

Illuetrator that the boundaries between vector artwork and rasterized artwork fall along object paths. If you are saving your artwork for someone using Illustrator, just save the file in the appropriate version. Flattener Preview panel overview. How do i know if I have successfully illusstrator my artwork”? Below, we’ve shared how to flatten layers in Illustrator, as well as how to merge smaller groups, so you can save your project in a popular digital format.

Highlights all text flqtten will be outlined il,ustrator involved in transparency or because Convert All Text To Outlines is selected. Once you’ve saved a copy of your work, bring up the Layers panel menu by clicking the dropdown arrow in the panel’s top right corner. This reduces the editability of the file while retaining print fidelity. Similar things happens when sketch users export to AI and sometines the other way around. The highlighted objects will be affected by the flattening process—their strokes or patterns will be expanded, portions of them may get rasterized, and so on.


EPS files are always flattened, since the format does not support transparency and it never will. If the artwork contains overprinted objects that interact with transparent objects, in Illustrator, select an option from the Overprints menu. Illustrator will then save your file as a PDF with all artwork flattened. If your document or artwork contains transparency, to be output it usually needs to undergo a process called flattening.

adobe illustrator – What is Transparency Flattening? – Graphic Design Stack Exchange

Check that the default settings are as shown in the screenshot above. To show you how dumb I am about illustrator and its facilities, when I read Jacob’s comment and Scott’s second one initiallyI read Windows and wanted to say “I am using a Mac”. Use the Flattener Preview panel to determine which areas of the artwork contain transparency. Converts all type objects point type, area type, and path type to outlines and discards all type glyph information on pages containing transparency.

First, load your desired Illustrator project.

Illustrator flattens artwork when you perform any of the following actions: Convert All Strokes To Outlines. The Preset option is grayed out! Please enter a title.

Actually, Jacob’s response may have solved it for me.