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Real World Print Production by Claudia McCue

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Chapter Ten. Illustrator Production Tips

As Adobe Illustrator has evolved over the years, it has morphed from a relatively simple vector drawing program into a full-featured graphic arts tool. The addition of flexible effects has blurred the line between drawing and painting. But some effects require special handling to ensure that they behave as expected when the files are imaged or placed in other applications for imaging.

Why Versions Matter

With the release of the first version of Creative Suite (CS), Adobe was perhaps too subtle about mentioning version numbers. Witness the countless questions from clients, students, and coworkers: “What’s the difference between Illustrator CS and regular Illustrator?” and “Where’s Venus?!” Only a careful inspection ...

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