But all is forgiven if you know how to flatten your transparency before printing. If you use InDesign (or Illustrator 10 or Acrobat 5, for that matter. If they do want you to flatten your files, it’s easy to implement. Set Transparency Blend Space in InDesign When creating any type of PDF. Now, to be perfectly clear: the point of this exercise is just for fun, and to learn a few things about what happens when you flatten transparency.

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How do I flatten a transparency in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop? – Displays 2 Go

These settings vary with each printer, so see the documentation that came with your printer for details. Converts all type objects point type, area type, and path type to outlines and discards all type glyph information on pages containing transparency.

Select this option when printing separations if the document contains spot colors and overprinted objects. Do one of the following:. You can export and import transparency flattener presets in order to share them with your service providers, your clients, or others in your workgroup.

Initially we need to check what Colour Separations are contained in the file. Move the text to the top of the stacking order. To do this, you must specify settings both when you place the EPS graphic and when you output it. Expand all text to outlines for a consistent effect throughout the document. The Flattener Preview is not intended for precise previewing of spot colors, overprints, and blending modes.

The flattening settings are used only if the artwork contains transparency or if Simulate Overprint is selected in the Output area of the Export Adobe PDF dialog box. Convert All Text To Outlines. Use a different blending mode or no blending mode. Line Art And Text Resolution. Trxnsparency your document or artwork contains transparency, to be output it usually needs to undergo a process called flattening.


Don’t worry if you set the wrong choice as InDesign will warn you and allow you to cancel the process until you change the setting. In addition, in Illustrator you can apply indesiign when saving files to earlier versions of Illustrator or when copying to the clipboard; in Acrobat, you can also apply them when optimizing PDFs.

You can save transparency flattener presets in a separate file, making it easy to back them up or to make them available to your service providers, clients, or others in your workgroup.

Acrobat DC has a menu customising feature, so it is not found in the main menu in the default program. Highlights all text that will be outlined if involved in transparency or because Convert All Text To Outlines is selected. You can set Transparency Flattener options when creating, editing, or previewing flattener presets in Illustrator, InDesign, or Acrobat.

Common effects that apply transparency are any stylising effects like shadows, glows and feathering. Highlights the objects that are sources of transparency, such as objects with indesiyn opacity including images with alpha channelsobjects with blending modes, and objects with opacity masks.

How to Flatten an InDesign Document

The amount of rasterization that occurs depends on the complexity of the page and the types of overlapping objects. At any time, click Refresh to display a fresh preview version based on your settings.

You can specify flattening settings and then save and apply them as transparency flattener presets. The flattener requires high-resolution data to accurately process a document with transparency. If a transparent object overlaps a spot color object, undesirable results may occur when you export to EPS format, and then convert spot colors to process colors upon printing or create color separations in an application other than InDesign.


How to Flatten InDesign Documents

Print file to PDF Before printing, select your flattening setting or customise it on the spot through the advanced settings. You can choose a flattener preset in the Print dialog box, or in the format-specific dialog box that appears after the initial Export dialog box.

If you create documents for web only, choose Document RGB. To edit an existing preset, select the preset and click Edit. In PDF output, this simulation converts spot colors to process color equivalents. Display the Flattener Preview panel or dialog box:.

Unfortunately, when it comes to printing, these masterpieces of imagination and design may suffer from the tricky issue of how to translate all that beauty into print. Selecting this option may affect processing speed. Highlights all placed content affected by transparency or transparency effects. Kate is especially well known around the New Horizons office for her creative flair and talent in using the Adobe suite.

Flatten transparent artwork in Adobe InDesign

This option ensures that the width of text stays consistent during flattening. Ignore the flattener preset on an individual spread. Overprint Preview gives an approximation of how spot inks that overprint or interact with transparent objects will appear. You can use this color-coded information to adjust flattening options. Locate and select the file containing the preset you want to load, and then click Open.