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Old 09-18-2007, 06:56 AM   #1
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Default Transparency Issue: Fade to Back

I have faded an image to the back of the page and put images on top of it and some of these have drop shadows.
When I print, columns of white appear down the page, blocking out the backround transparency image, not what is on "top" of it.
g5 mac 10.4.1, InDesign CS2 (3 is coming!) Canon Color 3220

Can anyone tell me what I am doing incorrectly? Sometimes I feel like a 14 year old driving a Ferrari.
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Old 09-18-2007, 08:09 AM   #2
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I have faded an image to the back of the page and put images on top of it and some of these have drop shadows.
When I print, columns of white appear down the page, blocking out the backround transparency image, not what is on "top" of it.
g5 mac 10.4.1, InDesign CS2 (3 is coming!) Canon Color 3220

Can anyone tell me what I am doing incorrectly? Sometimes I feel like a 14 year old driving a Ferrari.
We all feel like that sometimes.

When you print how? To a laser printer? An inkjet? On an offset press? To a PDF?

Is the background image on a master page or a regular one, assigned to the backmost layer?

I hope someone recognizes this symptom, as I don’t. But it sure sounds as if it should be do-able.

   
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Old 09-18-2007, 08:35 AM   #3
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Thank you for your help. I use the Canon Color 3220, which is a Laser Printer.
The background image is on the regular page, not the master pages.
There are several layers and the backround, "faded," one is the one with the columns of white. There are three columns of white (or where the paper shows through and there is no backround imaqe printed: All on the left side of the 11x17.
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I printed to a pdf and those columns of white do not appear.
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:19 AM   #5
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Do they appear in your PDF if you turn on "Show Overprints"? You'll need to be viewing the PDF with Acrobat 6 Professional or later. If the columns do show up with that option on, you'll need to check your trapping in InDesign (again, turn on "Shove Overprints" in InDesign's View menu.)

   
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turn on "Shove Overprints" in InDesign's View menu
What coarse expressions you designers use!

   
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Hi Robin,
I was having some password issues, sorry no rsvp right away.
They do not appear in my pdf when I turn on Show Overprints. They do not appear when I print my pdf either. They DO appear when I print my InDesign doc however.
I have text above the transparency and the text prints, but the underlying transparency does not, again, there is a page-length column which runs down the paper.
Any suggestions? Again, sorry for the delay in response. IT switched out my g5 and didn't upgrade all my settings/bookmarks/etc.
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Old 09-23-2007, 05:37 AM   #8
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Hello Kalliope,
My gut reaction is to say "just print from the PDF if it's OK" and I'd be happy to check and preflight the PDF for you if you wish. If it's too large to upload to the forum, bung it over to me via YouSendIt.com: macgraphics@rpmuk.com

Just had a late thought: you'll need to check with your printer chappie to make sure you're submitting the file in a form he can use. I tend to play safe so my PDFs are Aggrobrat 4 compatible, which means InDesign will flatten transparency (so it's essential to check the results are OK in Aggro before submitting the file). I also downsample to 600dpi instead of 300 (coz I can see the difference in the finished print even though they're using 150lpi). If the document has multiple pages, do also check if the printer wants individual pages or printers pairs.

   
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Hi Robin,
I emailed you the cover in InDesign. Thank you for your offer to solve this mystery.
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Old 09-24-2007, 01:03 PM   #10
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Um, got the InDesign file without fonts or links instead of the PDF. I'll try to keep a lookout for the file during today.
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