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    Photoshop Compression

    I tried LZW and ZIP. The problem is that for our really intense large images that we really want to crunch neither one does much compression at all. It makes sense, though, both compression algorithims remove redundant strings of data and there just aren't too many in those sorts of images. It...
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    Removing Alpha Channels

    One final question. Can you recommend a good resource to learn this sort of scripting? I think my preference leans towards JavaScript but AppleScript would be good to learn as well. Would you recommend books, online tutorials etc? I've gone so long without really needing to know scripting but...
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    Removing Alpha Channels

    If it requires a script then so be it. I don't particularly have a problem with it - other than I'm awful at scripting. I was only wondering if it was possible without scripting.... which it doesn't appear to be. Looks like I really need to start learning how to write a decent script. I'll give...
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    Removing Alpha Channels

    Thanks, Stephen. I'll be sure to check out the scripts. ~Soilworker
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    Removing Alpha Channels

    Does anyone know of a way to automate the removal of non-specifically named channels in PS? I'm trying to write an action that will flatten an image and remove any extra channels (not cmyk). I was hoping that using the quick keys for channels beyond 4 would work but when I use them the action...
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    Photoshop Compression

    Thanks, Matt. The research I've been doing has been pointing towards ZIP as well. Looks like it's time to do some testing and see what flies and what doesn't. Thanks Again, Soilworker
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    Photoshop Compression

    We're in the process of moving away from a 3rd party compression utility. Instead we've decided to work with native Photoshop compression. The question is which one to use? We've toyed around with a few ideas such as TIF or EPS w/jpeg compression but I don't like the idea of using lossy...
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    Trapping Issues In Illustrator - overprinting not saving when printing

    I've seen this happen before with our RIP. If we set one color to overprint another color in an Illy file the overprint objects tend to output as knocked out. To solve the problem we remove the overprint and if trapping is truly necessary we let the RIP do it. It works like a charm every time...
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    PDF imported in quark

    Ouch. I don't play with Quark much anymore so I don't have a definitive answer. You might need to reimport the PDF into each page and hope it gives you the option as to which page you want to display. I almost wonder if the file was originally created with v6 using a plug-in that you don't...
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    Packaging a file with missing Plug-ins

    It's possible that you won't be able to unless you do it manually. Also, depending on the plug-in and what's it's designed to do you might not want to. For example if the plug-in is for effects those effects will not display in the absence of the plug-in..... if they were used in the file...
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    'Pantone Colour/CMYK/etc Matching For Idiots' advice, please..?

    I understand what you're saying, Lukas. No hard feelings... just having a crabby morning... I apologize. Perhaps just a miscommunication/misunderstanding then. I may have partially mis-spoke about CMYK/Pantone matching but given the nature of the post I didn't feel the need to go so in depth but...
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    Gradients print as solid colors

    Rasterization might work as well. That's another step we take when an expanded gradient is so large that the sheer number of vector objects and points chokes our poor rip to death (we're working on an upgrade). Apollo, that did cross my mind when considering the clipping mask so I ended up...
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    'Pantone Colour/CMYK/etc Matching For Idiots' advice, please..?

    We are all astounded by your vast knowledge, Lukas, but I was only speaking in general terms considering the background of the audience at hand and for the particular question. Sorry if my phrasing might be a bit off or not quite in depth enough for your liking. The bottom line is that in...
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    Gradients print as solid colors

    This isn't going to make any sense because, quite frankly, I can't see why it would matter. But, if it is the problem it will make even less sense. I noticed that the gradients have clipping masks on them. Instead of just adding a gradient to a vector shape the gradients appear to have been...
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    'Pantone Colour/CMYK/etc Matching For Idiots' advice, please..?

    Jitterbug, I understand your frustration. I've always wished (naively) there was a reliable standard sort of conversion for Pantone solids to Process CMYK... it would make things so much easier. But, I understand why that's not the case. Pantone inks are meant to be special colors that can't...

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