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Many designers, especially those who been in the biz for a while, are used to using a technique called overprinting. For example, they might grab a frame, drag out an area and then fill it with the color, for example yellow. Then they want to overprint. That is they don't want to knock out the colors behind it. They want to actually see whatever is behind this yellow. You can overprint an object in InDesign by going to the Window menu and choosing Attributes. The Attributes panel has several options for overprinting. In this case, the object only has a fill so it will only let me overprint that fill. So I have turned on Overprinting but I still cannot see through the object. I can't see those colors behind it. Why not? Because I have not yet turned on Overprint Preview.
I will head up to the View menu and choose Overprint Preview and now I can actually see through the object because it's no longer knocking out the colors behind it. Overprint Preview is a great way to get a more accurate view of your document. It's not just for Overprinting. All kinds of things look more accurate on the page when you turn on Overprint Preview. I can actually work in this mode, while Overprint Preview is turned on. It doesn't stop me from working. In fact, a lot of people have Overprint Preview turned on all the time. So no problem with that. If you are on a slower computer, it might slow you down a little bit, because it is calculation intensive but for many people you could just turn it on and leave it on.
That said, I rarely use Overprint Fill anymore and you just don't really need it because InDesign has an even cooler feature called Transparency Effects. We have seen those Transparency Effects in a number of earlier movies. In this case, I am going to turn off Overprint Fill and I will even turn off Overprint Preview and I will go over to the Effects panel and I will turn on Multiply. When you choose Multiply on an object, it does exactly the same thing as overprinting it. It merges it with the background. It burns it into the background and you get the same effect as you do with overprinting, whether it's process colors or spot colors.
But one of the great benefits is you don't have to have Overprint Preview turned on. You just see the effect all the time. There is nothing technically wrong with overprinting. I just think that the Multiply feature is easier, more intuitive and ultimately more flexible and powerful.
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