If your document or artwork contains transparency, to be output it usually needs to undergo a process called 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.

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The book has some black and white images that I prepared using Photoshop. Some have transparencies. However, when I deliver it to the printer, the resulting digital proof has all kinds of problem that seem to arise when the printer auto-flattens the document. The resulting PDF is better than the one generated by the printer, but it still has a lot of problems. Also areas of images where I had partially erased details in Photoshop become completely visible again. What kind of file format did you use to save the images?

Are they saved as PSD files? Or TIFF? Wow indeed — as well as what David has said: Have you tried outputting to pdfx1a? It is the pdf setting alot of publishers base their output on.

So I went ahead and ordered a physical proof from the printer. Hopefully the errors I saw are only in Apple Preview. If they persist, I will definitely try pdfx1a Our guide to discovering all the great resources on the site!

Sign Up Today! December 3, at am Owen Essen Member. I just want a printable PDF that looks like the way I laid it out! Any advice? December 5, at pm David Blatner Keymaster. December 6, at am Tim Hughes Member. December 9, at pm Thank you both for the replies! Most of the images are PSDs. There are also some PNGs. Thank you!! You must be logged in to reply to this topic. Podcast All Episodes Subscribe in iTunes. Get in Touch info [at] indesignsecrets.

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How Can I Export a Flattened PDF Without Issues?

The InDesign software program included in Adobe's Creative Suite lets you create professional brochures, books, catalogs and other complex electronic documents for publication. One of the functions that can help the digital designer exercise precise control over graphic elements, color, typography and measurements is the use of layers. Layers are like sheets of paper stacked on top of the digital document, which appear to be on the same level. You can create and apply individual style changes to each layer, but the document quickly bulks up in size. You can flatten — or merge — the layers when the document is completed for ease of distribution or to prevent changes from being made to the document. Click all the layers in the palette to select them.


Exporting documents and flattening layers in Adobe InDesign before printing

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