When you print a file that has effects, such as drop shadows, cool gradient blends, and feathering, Illustrator flattens them, by turning into pixels any transparent areas that overlap other objects and leaving what it can as vectors. To understand flattening, the Figure below demonstrates the difference between the original artwork on the left and the flattened artwork on the right. Notice that in the flattened artwork some areas turned into pixels. But at what resolution? Flattening helps you determine the quality of the flattened art. Artwork before and after flattening is applied.
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Contributor Support How to Flatten Layers in Illustrator Layers help to organize the various elements that make up an Adobe Illustrator graphic, allowing you to arrange them in order of priority. The Flatten Artwork function consolidates every element in the project, while Merge lets you select which elements to combine. Flattening Layers 1. First, load your desired Illustrator project. Next, select a layer in the panel that you wish to consolidate all of the other layers into.
Before flattening your project, we recommend saving a copy of your current Illustrator file. Then, choose "Flatten Artwork" to consolidate all of your layers. Merging Layers 1. While holding down the CTRL key Command on Mac , browse through the Layers panel and click on all of the layers that you wish to combine. The last layer you select will be the "merged" layer. Finally, open the Layers panel menu by clicking the dropdown arrow in the top right corner, and choose "Merge Selected".
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Active Oldest Votes 3 You dont need transparency when printing a print has no transparency so quite many prints shops require you to flatten the transparency before you print as it ensures least amount of errors. Second reason is export. Sometimes you take artwork and move it to less capable systems. Then you can use transparency flattener to retain your graphics. Third reason is if you want to edit the compound color and other editing tricks that rely on the flatteners features.
Adobe CS5 Illustrator Transparency Flattening
Flattening divides transparent artwork into vector-based areas and rasterized areas. As artwork becomes more complex mixing images, vectors, type, spot colors, overprinting, and so on , so does the flattening and its results. You can specify flattening settings and then save and apply them as transparency flattener presets. Transparent objects are flattened according to the settings in the selected flattener preset. Note: Transparency flattening cannot be undone after the file is saved. Overlapping art is divided when flattened.