This guide will show you how to correctly export a document from Adobe InDesign to be printed, and also how to flatten the layers within Adobe. You can create InDesign documents that have multiple layers, which is useful when you have many elements to work with. For example, an image of your. The InDesign software program included in Adobe’s Creative Suite lets you create professional brochures, books, catalogs and other complex.

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In addition, isolated blending in an imported graphic could create knockouts in the active document. Any setting that uses Acrobat 5 or higher compatibility leaves transparency live, any setting using Acrobat 4 compatibility or lower flattens it.

When you open the Highlight menu, if there is transparency, it flattende look like this: I have no idea where your layers are coming from without knowing precisely what you are doing.

The highlighted objects will be affected by the flattening process—their strokes or patterns will be expanded, flattenned of them may get rasterized, and so on. Elle Smith has been an advertising professional for more than 25 years. These settings vary with each printer, flaytened see the documentation that came with your printer for details.

With this option selected, overprinted areas that interact with transparency are flattened, while overprinting in other areas is preserved.

Colors in placed graphics that interact with transparency are also converted to the blend space. Use a different blending mode or no blending mode. I’ll tell you how you can check the flattening in the PDF file.


Sign up using Facebook. Preview which areas of artwork will be flattened. What should I do with the content to send the most appropriate file? Instead, use Overprint Preview mode for those purposes. Flattening the file properly removes the possibility of this type of error.

Flattening may convert vectors to rasterized areas. If you use blending, check your design periodically using Overprint Preview in the View menu. Of course, using the print dialogue dlattened a full version of Acrobat is installed on your system.

You shouldn’t need to do anything special as long as the InDesign document is set up with correct bleeds and page sizes. You can enter the name of an existing preset to edit that preset. One flattsned the functions that can help the digital designer exercise precise control over graphic elements, color, typography and measurements is the use of layers.

If I would import and open in Photoshop, I could simply choose “flatten image” and resave as whatever file type i wanted.

Flattening / Rasterizing content in InDesign for print – Graphic Design Stack Exchange

In the Print Production panel, click on Flattener Preview, and you’ll see a dialog box like this. Flatten an individual spread. Flatten transparent artwork Search. For instructions on how to do this, check our guide at www.

How to Flatten an InDesign Document

Ignores transparency for the spread. About us Case Studies Gallery Contact us. Highlights all strokes that will be outlined if involved in transparency or because Convert All Strokes To Outlines is selected. Higher settings preserve more vector objects, while lower settings rasterize more vector objects; intermediate settings preserve simple areas in vector form and rasterize complex ones.


At print or export time, you can revert to the flattener settings for the document or book. In this case, be sure to reproof the color on every spread that has transparency, and avoid using the Difference and Exclusion blend modes—these modes can change the appearance dramatically.

However, outlining text and strokes can be worth the extra time as it helps to fix inconsistencies in appearance of text and line art which flows through transparency effected areas.

Flatten transparent artwork in Adobe InDesign

Transparency Flattener Preset options. To edit an existing preset, select the preset and click Edit. This is useful for controlling the flattening quality in documents with a mix of high-resolution images with lots of transparency and low-resolution images. This option is useful for troubleshooting by the service provider.

Flattening divides transparent artwork into vector-based areas and rasterized areas. Converts all type objects point type, area type, and path type to outlines and discards all type glyph information on pages containing transparency. Press Quality PDF preset does not flatten transparency. In InDesign, transparency flattener preset files have an.