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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Common effects that apply transparency are any stylising effects like shadows, glows and feathering. Flattening of transparencies is vitally important. If different colour modes have been used, unpredictable results can occur.

Flattening ensures the final print output is the same as what iindesign see on your screen. Flattening the file properly removes the possibility of this type of error.


Flattening of files is best done in Acrobat Pro, even when the artwork has been created in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop.

Open the file in Acrobat Pro. Initially we need to check what Colour Separations are contained in the file.

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To preview the separations open the Output Preview tab:. Acrobat DC has a menu customising feature, so it is not found in the main menu in the default program.

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. For instructions on how to flattwn this, check our guide at www. Then the file is ready to be flattened using the following steps:. Check that the default settings are as shown in the screenshot above.

Important settings are outlined in red. Ensure you check the PDF before submission to ensure that no elements were dropped out in the flattening process. What is Experiential Marketing?


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