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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Use for desktop proofs and print-on-demand documents that will be printed f,atten Adobe PostScript color printers. In the final output, outlined strokes and text may appear slightly different from native ones, especially very thin strokes and very small text. You can preserve, simulate, or discard overprints. 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.

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.

Of course, using the print dialogue demands a full version of Acrobat is installed on your system. Use a process color where possible.


Refresh transparenfy preview in the Flattener Preview panel.

Flatten transparent artwork

Highlights the objects that are sources of transparency, such as objects with partial opacity including images with alpha channelsobjects with blending modes, and objects with opacity masks.

Select the lowest setting to rasterize all the artwork. This option reduces stitching artifacts that result when part of an object is rasterized while another part of the object remains in vector form. Opens the Custom Spread Flattener Settings dialog box for specifying settings.

Either choose a preset or, indeslgn available, set specific options. Export and flattten a custom transparency flattener preset.

Highlights text and strokes that have rasterized fills as a result of flattening. Video of the Day. You may be able to minimize stitching problems by disabling some print-driver specific color-management settings. 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.

Flattening of transparencies is vitally important. Converting all the colors results in consistency across any two same-colored objects on a spread, and avoids more dramatic color behavior at the edges of transparency.

At any time, click Refresh to display a fresh preview version based on trahsparency settings. Depending on the dialog box, you can type a name in the Name text box or accept the default. You can create your own flattener presets or choose from the default options provided with the software. In InDesign, transparency flattener preset files have an.


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

Specifies the amount of vector information that will be preserved. Grade your skills now. In this case, the flattener may convert the glyphs to outlines, resulting in thickened stroke widths on the glyphs only. However, the Simulate Overprint option converts all spot colors to process color equivalents in the resulting PDF file, so be sure transpardncy deselect this option when you create the PDF for final production.

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

This option is useful for troubleshooting by the service provider. In addition, Smith has more than 20 years experience in marketing, graphic arts, commercial photography and print production, and is a licensed real estate agent with property management certification in California. 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. Transparency Flattener Preset options.

Highlights all placed content affected by transparency or transparency effects. Open the file in Acrobat Pro. Keep in mind that the boundary of the highlight area has a higher probability of producing stitching problems depending on the print-driver settings and the rasterization resolution.