Make a bet with one of your geek friends that you can use InDesign CS3 to settings use the [High Resolution] Transparency Flattener Preset. Instead, use InDesign’s transparency flattener to convert the text automatically for you when you export a PDF. To do this, you’ll need a custom. Here is how you can Flatten transparent artwork in Adobe InDesign. 1. Choose Edit > Transparency Flattener Presets. 2. Select a preset in the.

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Subscribe to our e-newsletter? Transparency Flattener Preset options. Depending on your workflow, do one of the following: Enter your email address below: Highlights all linked EPS files that are affected by transparency.

To export a preset to a separate file, click Save InDesign or Export Illustratorspecify a name and location, and then click Save. This content has been marked as final. If you use blending, check your design periodically using Overprint Preview in the View menu.

Flatten transparent artwork in Adobe InDesign

Locate and select the file containing the preset you want to load, and then click Open. With this option selected, overprinted areas that interact with transparency are flattened, while overprinting in other areas is preserved. Don’t worry if you set trasnparency wrong choice as InDesign will warn you and allow you to cancel the process until you change the setting.

Deselect this option when saving files for use in page-layout applications. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Flattening ensures the final print output is the same as what you see flattenre your screen. This option is useful for service providers who need to see graphics that require attention to print properly.


To keep as many objects vector as possible, select the [High Resolution] transparency flattener preset in the Advanced area of the Print or Export Adobe PDF dialog box. Unfortunately, when it comes to printing, these indeisgn of imagination and design may suffer from the tricky issue of how to translate all that beauty into print. The All Rasterized Regions option also shows raster graphics such as Photoshop files involved in transparency, and raster effects such as drop shadows and clattener.

Instead, use Overprint Preview mode for those purposes. Avoid these blending modes when working with spot colors: You can choose a flattener preset in the Advanced panel of the Print dialog box or of the format-specific dialog box that appears after the initial Export or Save As dialog box. To base a preset on a predefined preset, select one in the list and click New. In the final output, outlined strokes and text may appear slightly different from native ones, especially flsttener thin strokes flattenner very small text.

To export a preset to a separate file, click Save InDesign or Export Illustratorspecify a name and location, and then click Save.

Line Art And Text Resolution. Click for PDF copy of the instructions. Ignore the flattener preset on an individual spread. Blends the color of transparent artwork with the background color to create an overprint effect.

Flatten transparent artwork

Flatten an individual spread. For instructions on how to do this, check our guide at www. Affected Graphics InDesign only. I understand how indesignn create them, that’s not the issue, it’s about where they are that I’m wondering.

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

Specifies the amount of vector information that will be preserved. The availability of options depends on the content of the artwork. Another way to prevent problems is to make sure that your spot inks are consistent in both the original application for example, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. With over 15 years of experience, Kate is one of New Horizons most knowledgeable and skilled Desktop Applications and Graphic Design trainers.


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Refresh the preview in the Flattener Preview panel. Highlights all text that will be outlined if involved in transparency or because Convert All Text To Outlines is selected.

To delete a preset, click Delete, and then click OK to confirm the deletion. In both cases, the display is updated in the document window according to the transparency flattening settings you chose. 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.

Generally preserves spot colors. Transparent objects are flattened according to the settings in the selected flattener preset. About us Case Studies Gallery Contact us.

Opens the Custom Spread Flattener Settings dialog box for specifying settings. The flattener requires high-resolution data to accurately process a document with transparency. Selecting this option may affect processing speed. Get New Horizons’ latest graphics design articles straight to indesing inbox.