Mike Rankin April 21, 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. There are plenty of other ways to change the resolution or color space of placed graphics e. First, find a low-res RGB graphic. Anything under 96 ppi will do. Place it into a new InDesign CS3 document.

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Transparency is one of those features that designers love and printers hate. So while forward-looking designers embraced InDesign for its transparency support, printers grimaced whenever InDesign files came into the shop. You can also download the PDF to your machine for later viewing. To learn how to configure your browser for viewing PDF files, see the Adobe Reader tech support page.

Unfortunately our good author left a few key things our. Not always, but this can turn what should be a simple two color job into a four or five color job. Sure, the RIP knows what they are, and can render them, and show them on screen looking pretty.

But they still flatten them first. The most common version in the field is based on the 1. A newer version based on the 1. Larger shops made the move to PDF workflow when adopting direct-to-plate systems. The hump of the bell shaped curve for purchase by medium to large shops occurred in the last 4 years, tapering off last year, while momentum picked up at smaller shops to some extent.

With half a million dollars invested in the larger platesetter systems, shops are reluctant to pay the large upgrade fees to move to the newer workflow based on the 1. They are still trying to amortize the half million they spent before taking on more expense. Adobe had transparency available in Illustrator long before the PDF 1. A high resolution inkjet proof is showing a process version of a spot color to begin with.

A two-color job is not likely to have a Matchprint quality laminated proof made with spot colors. The days of color keys utilizing unlaminated layers are behind us. Designers should flatten their own files and print Postscript laser separations or pay the printer to do so.

The spot separations can then be inspected for correctness. I would add two points. Leave a comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.


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If your document or artwork contains transparency, to be output it usually needs to undergo a process called flattening. Flattening divides transparent artwork into vector-based areas and rasterized areas. As artwork becomes more complex mixing images, vectors, type, spot colors, overprinting, and so on , so does the flattening and its results. You can specify flattening settings and then save and apply them as transparency flattener presets. Transparent objects are flattened according to the settings in the selected flattener preset. Note: Transparency flattening cannot be undone after the file is saved. If you regularly print or export documents that contain transparency, you can automate the flattening process by saving flattening settings in a transparency flattener preset.


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