You dont need transparency when printing (a print has no transparency) so quite many prints shops require you to flatten the transparency. If you want to save it as a flattened file, i.e. a file that no longer contains layers, then you just need to uncheck the ‘Create Acrobat Layers from. That’s why it defaults to PDF version (the equivalent of PostScript, one might say), making it necessary to flatten transparency, with all kinds of mysterious.

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In the final output, outlined strokes and text may appear slightly different from native ones, especially very thin strokes and very small text. Quote Cart 0 items. The reasons I agree the most are 1, 3 and Gradient and mesh resolution trznsparency generally be set between and ppi, because the quality of the gradients, drop shadows, and feathers do not improve with higher resolutions, but printing time and file size increase.

Flattening the file properly removes the possibility of this type of error. This option reduces stitching artifacts that result when part of an object is rasterized while another part of the object remains in vector form.

Then you can use transparency flattener to retain your graphics.

Sign up using Facebook. The Preset option is grayed out! Use the Flattener Preview panel to determine which areas of the artwork contain transparency.

To pan the preview, hold down the spacebar and drag in the preview area. Highlights all linked EPS files illustrattor are affected by transparency. In case Photoshop is an option: Obviously if you do not need something you do not need something 2 is just a different version of 1 not aiming for print.


Instead, use Overprint Preview mode for those purposes. EPS files are always flattened, since the format does not support transparency and it never will. Some print drivers process raster and vector art differently, sometimes resulting in color stitching.

Westside 8, 1 17 Stitching, where rasters and vectors meet. To export a preset to a separate file, click Save InDesign or Export Illustratorspecify a name and location, and then click Save.

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Select Print As Bitmap. Select the flattening settings you want to use: Depending on rransparency dialog box, you can type a name in the Name text box or accept the default. Locate and select the file containing the preset you want to load, and then click Open. Then the file is ready to be flattened using the following steps:.

As artwork becomes more complex mixing images, vectors, type, spot colors, overprinting, and so onso does the flattening and its results. Anyway, if you can advise on my flatten preview comment above, I would appreciate it. Gransparency blue circle is using different transparency effects for its fill and its stroke. By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

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Please turn JavaScript back on and reload this page. Native transparency data is retained when you save to the following formats: Use the preview options in the Flattener Preview to highlight areas that are affected by flattening. If, however, you are saving a PDF for a printer and they reqire flattened artwork, you can take care of that on save.


Rasterize all artwork during printing. Transparenxy the Advanced panel you can choose te flattener preset Illustrator will use and, if you wish, edit it. These settings vary with each printer, so see the documentation that came with your printer for details.

How do I flatten a transparency in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

If different colour modes have been used, unpredictable results can occur. If your document or artwork contains transparency, to be output it usually needs to undergo a process called flattening.

Even then I missed what you were saying about ticking objects for a while, then got it. Transparency flattening cannot be undone after the file is saved. I’ve also had similar issues when I’ve attempted to use soft shadows on vector or bitmap images a white box appears around the images–where I’ve added soft shadows–when printed.

Ensures that the boundaries between vector artwork and rasterized artwork fall along object paths. Keep in mind that the boundary of the highlight area has a higher probability illustraotr producing stitching problems depending on the print-driver settings and the rasterization resolution.

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Blends the color tramsparency transparent artwork with the background color to create an overprint effect. You can not post a blank message. About transparency flattener presets. Affected Graphics InDesign only.

Thnx for the input guys, gives me a great deal of useful info for other purposes and in genereal, but I am hoping someone is able to answer my question as posed. Then Save the File as eps.