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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Using spot colors with certain blending modes sometimes produces unexpected results. Get New Horizons’ latest graphics design articles straight to your inbox. Of course, using the print dialogue demands a full version of Acrobat is installed on your system.

Note that enabling this option causes thin strokes to appear slightly thicker and may degrade flattening flztten. Ensures that the boundaries between vector artwork and rasterized artwork fall along object paths.

Transparrency and import a custom transparency flattener preset. Specifies the amount of vector information that will be preserved. In most cases, flattening produces excellent results when you use an appropriate predefined flattener preset, or create a preset with settings appropriate for your final output.

How to Flatten InDesign Documents |

In Illustrator and Acrobat, to magnify the preview, click in the preview area. This is because InDesign uses process color equivalents on screen, but uses spot colors in print. In this case, you can flatten the complex spread at a high quality, and use a faster and lower-quality flattener preset on the other spreads. The truth about Santa Claus. Illustrator allows a maximum of ppi for both line art and gradient mesh. If the visual effect is not what you want, do any of the following: Additionally, you can convert all text and strokes to outlines when creating a custom preset.


In Acrobat, choose Preserve Overprint to blend the color of transparent artwork with the background color to create an overprint effect.

How to Flatten an InDesign Document

Lndesign practices when creating transparency. You may be able to minimize stitching problems by disabling some print-driver specific color-management settings. Select “Default” to use the program’s flattening presets.

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. The results are unpredictable when the file is output from a page-layout application. Transparenyc all strokes to simple filled paths on pages containing transparency.

In both cases, the display is updated in the document window according to the transparency flattening settings you indesitn. Kate is especially well known around the New Horizons office for her creative flair and talent in using the Adobe suite.

Common effects that apply transparency are any stylising effects like shadows, glows and feathering. Flattening divides transparent artwork vlatten vector-based areas and rasterized areas. If spot colours are present, go back to the source file and either remove the spot colour objects or convert them to CMYK Process Colour.

Before we begin to flatten images, you can preview the areas affected by transparency in both programs by doing the following. Expanded Patterns Illustrator and Clatten. 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. Highlights text and strokes that have rasterized fills as a result of flattening. Open the file in Acrobat Pro. Select this option when printing separations if the document contains spot colors and overprinted objects.

To delete a preset, click Delete, and then click OK to confirm the deletion. Transparent objects are flattened according to the settings in the selected flattener preset.


Flatten transparent artwork in Adobe InDesign

Specifies the name of the preset. The main advantages in creating a preset are its reusability and the option to export and share your settings with colleagues.

Uses the document flattening preset for this spread. Check that the default settings are as shown in the screenshot above.

This option ensures that the width of text stays consistent during flattening. She takes a genuine satisfaction from helping students solve issues and always makes an extra effort to ensure that students have an enjoyable learning experience.

If you create documents for both print and web, decide which is more important, and then choose the blend space that matches the final output.

The Flattener Preview is not intended for precise previewing of spot colors, overprints, and blending modes. Conversely, if you apply overprint simulation, the transparency flattener provides a simulation of what the overprints look like, and this simulation results in all opaque transparenct.

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Select “Custom” to specify custom flattening settings. Some print drivers process raster and vector art differently, sometimes resulting in color stitching. Subscribe to our e-newsletter? Spot colors and blending modes.

Refresh the preview in the Flattener Preview panel.

This preset contains flattener settings appropriate for complex documents intended for high-resolution output. If you use blending, check your design periodically using Overprint Preview in the View menu. For example, type that wraps around a transparent object may not actually overlap the object, but the glyphs may be close enough to interact with the transparency.

If you create documents for web only, choose Document RGB.

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