This guide will show you how to correctly export a document from Adobe InDesign to be printed, and also how to flatten the layers within Adobe. You can create InDesign documents that have multiple layers, which is useful when you have many elements to work with. For example, an image of your. The InDesign software program included in Adobe’s Creative Suite lets you create professional brochures, books, catalogs and other complex.

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Instead, use Overprint Preview mode for those purposes. Inxesign the visual effect is not what you want, do any of the following: Correct Answers – 10 points.

Flatten transparent artwork

You can set Transparency Flattener options when creating, editing, or previewing flattener presets in Illustrator, InDesign, or Acrobat. Not all printers have strong preferences, but some do, and you may as well get it right the first time. You can preserve, simulate, or discard overprints. Please type your message and try again. Print file to PDF Before printing, select your flattening setting or customise it on the spot through the advanced settings. If I would import and open in Photoshop, I could simply choose “flatten image” and resave as whatever file type i wanted.

Select a preset in the list. I have a InDesign document which contains log of graphics imported linked from Illustrator. To pan the preview, hold down the spacebar and drag in the preview area.

Flatten transparent artwork in Adobe InDesign

Select this option when printing separations if the document contains spot colors and overprinted objects. Then the file is ready to be flattened using the following steps:.

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Click the small drill-down arrow to the left flattsned the page layout thumbnails, then scroll to “Spread Flattening. Click for PDF copy of the instructions. You don’t have JavaScript enabled. This option rxport useful for troubleshooting by the service provider. If you eport documents for web only, choose Document RGB. This is useful for controlling the flattening quality in documents with a mix of high-resolution images with lots of transparency and low-resolution images.

At any time, click Refresh to display a fresh preview version based on your settings. Refresh the preview in the Flattener Preview panel.

However, I’ve run into a situation where a printer I’m intersted is having a problem with my pdf files.

From the Highlight menu, choose the kind of areas you want to highlight. This content has been marked as final. Subscribe to our e-newsletter? To automatically update the display whenever it is out of date and idle, select Auto Refresh Highlight.

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. Spot colors and blending modes.

Converts all type objects point type, area type, and path type to outlines and discards all type glyph information on pages containing transparency. To manually update the display, click Refresh. This option ensures indseign the width of text stays consistent during flattening. 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. If you do 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.


Using spot colors with certain blending modes sometimes produces unexpected results. 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.

To edit an existing preset, select the preset and click Edit. Choose or create the settings for flattening in both Illustrator and InDesign To do this, go to the ‘Edit’ tab in the menu bar then select ‘Transparency Flattener Presets. Rasterizes all objects, clattened images, vector artwork, text, and gradients, to the specified resolution. 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.

Flattneed for your help, I would love to clairfy if I left any details out. You can specify flattening settings and then save and apply them as transparency flattener presets.

How to Flatten InDesign Documents

What is Experiential Marketing? Overprint Preview gives an approximation of how spot inks that overprint or interact with transparent objects will appear. Are all of the logo colors CMYK? Use for desktop proofs and print-on-demand documents that will be printed indesiign Adobe PostScript color printers.