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Old 09-15-2006, 04:17 AM   #1
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Hi everybody!

I'm using InDesign CS with Mac OSX.

One of the spreads in the pages palette has just changed from being plain to looking chequered. I can't find anything about this in the manual. What have I done?

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Old 09-15-2006, 07:48 AM   #2
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One of the spreads in the pages palette has just changed from being plain to looking chequered. I can't find anything about this in the manual. What have I done?
A light grey checkered pattern? Sounds as if it is telling you the page is transparent (at least that’s what it means in Photoshop and Illustrator).

I have never seen it in InDesign, and it does sound strange, but it would be silly of Adobe to abandon convention and have it mean anything else.

   
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As KT says, it means transparency has been used somewhere on the spread.

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Old 09-16-2006, 02:29 AM   #4
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Kathleen/Shane,

Thank you both for that. Putting two and two together, and reading another thread, it seems that we have used Paper instead of White on these pages.

What a useful place this is!

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Old 10-07-2006, 09:33 AM   #5
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Using "paper" does not mean you've added transparency. "Paper" is what you use in ID where you used to use "White" in QXP. It's called Paper because it's an editable color meant to represent the color of the paper stock you're printing on. The default Paper color *is* white.

The checkered background in the Pages palette means that something on a page in the spread has some sort of transparency effect:
- You reduced something's opacity via the Transparency palette
- You changed a blending mode via the Transparency palette
- You applied a InDesign Drop Shadow or Feather to something
- You placed a raster image with transparency (PSD or TIFF w/transparency).

The entire spread gets the checkerboard because ID does spread-based transparency flattening when printing or exporting to a flattened file format. (The smallest "thing" it can flatten is a spread.) Nonetheless, the flattening doesn't affect anything on the spread except the transparent object and anything underneath it that's within the area of its bounding box.

To see what's transparent on a spread, go to Window > Output > Flattener Preview and choose "Transparent Objects" from the Highlight dropdown menu. Objects with transparency get a red screen (like rubylith), everything else drops back to a light grayscale. Everything is still editable in this view, by the way.

I know this reply is late but I was just wandering around here this morning and didn't want to leave any misconceptions intact for lurkers. ;-)

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Anne-Marie: I know this reply is late but I was just wandering around here this morning and didn't want to leave any misconceptions intact for lurkers. ;-)
And we greatly appreciate it, too. :-)

   
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