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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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.

If a transparent object overlaps a spot color object, undesirable results indezign 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.

You may be able to minimize stitching problems by disabling some print-driver specific color-management settings. In this case, you can flatten the complex spread at a high quality, and use a faster and lower-quality flattener preset on trandparency other spreads.

Instead, use Overprint Preview mode for those purposes. Use the preview options in the Flattener Preview to highlight areas that are affected by flattening.

The results are unpredictable when the file is output from a page-layout application. The All Rasterized Regions option also shows raster graphics such as Photoshop files involved in transparency, and raster effects such as drop shadows and feathers. Gradient and mesh resolution should generally be set between and ppi, because the quality of the gradients, drop shadows, and feathers do not improve with higher resolutions, but printing time and file size increase.

Good communication between you and your service provider will help you achieve the results you expect. Ensures that the boundaries between vector artwork and rasterized artwork fall along object paths. The highlighted objects will be affected by the flattening process—their strokes or patterns will be expanded, portions of them may get rasterized, and so on.


Select this option when printing separations if the document contains spot colors and overprinted objects. Of course, using the print dialogue demands a full version of Acrobat is installed on your system. Move the text to the top of the stacking order. The printing press needs your layout in opaque values and will not dine well on the overlapping semi-see-through inspired piece you’ve created.

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Common effects that apply transparency are any stylising effects like shadows, glows and feathering. To base a preset on a predefined preset, select one in the list and click New.

Click the small drill-down arrow to the left of the page layout thumbnails, then scroll to “Spread Flattening. Rename or delete a custom transparency flattener preset.

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Ignore the flattener preset on an individual spread. This option ensures that the width of strokes stays consistent during flattening. Uses the document flattening preset for this spread. If this happens, do either of the following: Get New Horizons’ latest graphics design articles straight flattne your inbox.

Transparency Flattener Preset options. Flattening of files is indesig done in Acrobat Pro, even when the artwork has been created in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop. Use for desktop proofs and print-on-demand documents that will be printed on Adobe PostScript color printers.

Select “Custom” to specify custom flattening settings. Enter your email address below: To create a new preset, click New. Traps applied to artwork in Adobe Illustrator using strokes and placed in InDesign will be preserved. You can preserve, simulate, or discard overprints. In this case, flaten flattener may convert the flattfn to outlines, resulting in thickened stroke widths on the glyphs only.

From the Highlight menu, choose the kind of areas you want to highlight. Keep in mind that the boundary of the highlight area has a higher probability of producing stitching problems tarnsparency on the print-driver settings and the rasterization resolution. You can enter the name of an existing preset to edit that preset.


How do your Excel skills stack up? Display the spread in the Document window. Apply a flattener preset for output. Refresh the preview in the Flattener Preview panel. If you create documents for web only, choose Document RGB.

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You can use this color-coded information to adjust flattening options. With over 15 years of experience, Kate is one of New Horizons most knowledgeable and skilled Desktop Applications and Graphic Design trainers.

Locate and select the file containing the preset you want to load, and then click Open. For instructions on how to do flstten, check our guide at www.

The availability of options depends on the content of the artwork. However, in an OPI proxy workflow, placeholder or proxy images are used, for later replacement with high-resolution versions by an OPI server.

How to Flatten InDesign Documents

In addition, Smith has more than 20 years experience in marketing, graphic arts, commercial photography and print production, and is a licensed flstten estate agent with property management certification in California. Outlined Text Illustrator and InDesign. The amount of rasterization that occurs depends on the complexity of the page and the types of overlapping objects.

Highlights all linked EPS files that are affected by transparency. This selects the source layers — or the layers that contain the images or items you want to flatten — as transparendy as the target layer, which is the layer where you want all the objects to reside. At any time, click Refresh to display a fresh preview version based on your settings.