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Greetings-- Over the past few months I've noticed occasional questions about printing PostScript files such as those created in Illustrator, and answers involving Postscript RIPs. I haven't used Illustrator for such a long time that I just assumed it wouldn't print to a non-PostScript printer such as our beloved Epson inkjets without first running the images through a raster image processor (RIP), or converting to PDF and printing from Acrobat, etc. Well, my mom has been asking for advice about printers and popped the question about printing Illustrator files on Epsons. So I pulled out my 3-year old copy of Illustrator 6.0 for the Macintosh, read the manual, did some test prints on my Epson 1200, and lo and behold I got some perfectly lovely prints; with sharp edges, smooth gradients, and perfect-looking type. The only thing I had to do to get good dithering was to go to the Document Setup dialog and ask Illustrator NOT to screen the images before sending them to the printer. The manual also points out that a built-in feature allows me to save any Illustrator file as a fully rasterized TIFF file at any resolution I want. The TIFF file can then be opened by Photoshop for filtering, color manipulation and printing. I assume that current versions of Illustrator still have these features. Now I don't disbelieve those who say that you can get much greater control over tone curves, etc. using a RIP, but apparently you don't HAVE to have one to print Illustrator documents to an Epson inkjet. This clears up a misconception I had, and I thought some on the list would be interested in this discovery. --Bill ============================================================ Bill Fernandez User Interface Architect Bill Fernandez Design PHONE (505) 346-3080 FAX (505) 346-3090 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org WEB http://www.billfernandez.com ============================================================ - Please: Stay on topic. Trim quoted messages. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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