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.

Author: Voodookinos Neshicage
Country: South Africa
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Business
Published (Last): 28 August 2007
Pages: 71
PDF File Size: 1.79 Mb
ePub File Size: 8.12 Mb
ISBN: 676-2-44411-126-2
Downloads: 71129
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Grogor

Flatten an individual spread. If you indexign not have this, then the other options to export and save are still available, but you or your service provider will need to flatten your file later in the printing workflow.

Select this option when printing separations if the document contains spot colors and overprinted objects. The printing press needs your layout in opaque values and will flattn dine well on the overlapping semi-see-through inspired piece you’ve created. Overprint Preview gives an approximation of how spot inks that overprint or interact with transparent objects will appear.

Use a different blending mode or no blending mode. Outlined Text Illustrator and InDesign.

When type is close to transparent objects, it may interact with transparent objects in unexpected ways. Depending on your workflow, do one of the following: 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.

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.


If different transaprency modes have been used, unpredictable results can occur. Create or edit a transparency flattener preset. Therefore, Simulate Overprint should not be selected for output that will be color separated later. You can create your own flattener presets or choose from the default options provided with the software. However, the Simulate Overprint option converts all spot colors to process color equivalents indesig the resulting PDF file, so be sure to deselect this option when you create the PDF for final production.

The main inresign in creating a preset are its reusability and the option to export and share your settings with colleagues. To manually update the display, click Refresh. Select the flattening settings you want to use: 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.

The availability of options depends on the content of the artwork. Quote Cart 0 items. You can create and apply individual style changes to each layer, but the document quickly bulks up in size. This option indeesign that the width of strokes transaprency consistent during flattening.

You can enter the name of an existing preset to edit that preset.

How do I flatten a transparency in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Spot colors and blending modes. To automatically update the display whenever it is out of date and idle, select Fflatten Refresh Highlight. Highlights all objects that are involved in transparency, including transparent objects and trnsparency that are overlapped by transparent objects. In both cases, the display is updated in the document window according to the transparency flattening settings you chose. Video of the Day. Opens the Custom Spread Flattener Settings dialog box for specifying settings.

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 objects.


Enter your email address below: Note that this option takes trransparency to process than the others. Transparency flattening cannot be undone after the file is saved.

Flatten Me! I want to be printed! | New Horizons

Using spot colors with certain blending modes sometimes produces unexpected results. Highlights all patterns that will be expanded if involved in transparency. Check that the default settings are as shown in the screenshot above. The flattener requires high-resolution data to accurately process a document with transparency.

About the Author Elle Smith has been an advertising professional for more than 25 years. If the artwork contains overprinted objects that interact with transparent objects, in Illustrator, select an option from the Overprints menu. To do this, go to the ‘File’ tab in your menu bar, select ‘Print’ and in the dialogue box, select ‘Advanced. Rename or delete a custom transparency flattener preset.

Generally preserves spot colors. Convert All Text To Outlines. To delete a preset, click Delete, and then click OK to confirm the deletion. Before we begin to flatten images, you can preview the areas affected by transparency in both programs by doing the following.

Converts all strokes to simple filled paths on pages containing transparency. You cannot delete the default presets.

The All Rasterized Regions option also shows raster graphics such indesivn Photoshop files involved in transparency, and raster effects such as drop shadows and feathers.