InDesign Tips: Printing Transparency
Transparency is one of those features that designers love and printers hate. That’s because while transparency gives you the ability to create very cool-looking graphics, older PostScript RIPs are unable to process the files, which makes the people who try to output them very grumpy. So while forward-looking designers embraced InDesign for its transparency support, printers grimaced whenever InDesign files came into the shop.
And as a result, InDesign got a bad reputation with printers.
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, both of which allow transparency) and you create effects like drop shadows or apply modes like Difference, then you need to read this section from “Real World InDesign 2.” Written by two of the industry’s leading experts on page layout, David Blatner and Olav Martin Kvern, it contains all the info you need to successfully flatten your files for printing.
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This story is taken from “Real World InDesign 2.”