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Using the Transparency Flattener preview


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InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics

with David Blatner

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I can see that this page contains transparency, because I see this little checker board icon next to the page in the Pages panel. But which object is transparent? This sort of thing happens all the time when you are working on files created by someone else. Now, wouldn't it be great if you could see where the transparent areas are at a glance? Even better, wouldn't it be nice to figure out which elements on the page are going to be affected when the document gets flattened? Well, you can do just that with the Transparency Flattener Preview panel. I am going to close the Pages panel and I am going to the Window menu and scroll down to Output. Then I will choose Flattener Preview.
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  1. 2m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 8s
  2. 25m 16s
    1. Reviewing Control panel shortcuts
      8m 34s
    2. Managing panels
      6m 14s
    3. Letting InDesign do the math
      2m 52s
    4. Using Selection tool clicks
      1m 39s
    5. Using Quick Apply shortcuts
      3m 2s
    6. Setting up context shortcuts
      2m 55s
  3. 23m 51s
    1. Using column guides
      3m 42s
    2. Formatting and positioning guides
      5m 15s
    3. Setting first baseline options
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Document grid
      3m 13s
    5. Setting bleeds
      3m 3s
    6. Using slugs
      3m 8s
  4. 48m 2s
    1. Shuffling pages (or not)
      2m 47s
    2. Scaling objects to a specific size
      2m 32s
    3. Aligning objects to a page
      4m 41s
    4. Using advanced libraries
      4m 5s
    5. Using advanced anchored objects
      11m 21s
    6. Setting non-printing objects
      3m 10s
    7. Creating notes
      5m 23s
    8. Using Data Merge
      10m 41s
    9. Creating templates
      3m 22s
  5. 39m 32s
    1. Creating polygons and starbursts
      2m 35s
    2. Setting custom stroke styles
      5m 15s
    3. Using advanced effects
      8m 46s
    4. Making masks in InDesign
      4m 10s
    5. Integrating InDesign and Illustrator
      4m 59s
    6. Setting compound paths
      5m 4s
    7. Using advanced clipping paths
      6m 6s
    8. Using advanced image transparency
      2m 37s
  6. 55m 26s
    1. Using advanced text formatting
      5m 37s
    2. Using other languages
      4m 22s
    3. Setting advanced paragraph numbering
      3m 12s
    4. Using GREP to find/change
      6m 54s
    5. Managing glyphs
      5m 6s
    6. Finding and changing glyphs
      2m 39s
    7. Adding footnotes
      7m 57s
    8. Creating outlines
      3m 39s
    9. Setting conditional text
      9m 16s
    10. Creating cross-references
      6m 44s
  7. 33m 3s
    1. Advanced text importing
      7m 49s
    2. Using Apply Next Style
      5m 4s
    3. Advanced text styling
      6m 9s
    4. Setting load styles
      2m 58s
    5. Linking to text files on disk
      4m 1s
    6. Understanding GREP styles
      7m 2s
  8. 1h 4m
    1. Building a multi-document book
      4m 42s
    2. Setting page numbering across books
      7m 53s
    3. Setting chapter numbering
      6m 7s
    4. Using the Section Marker feature
      6m 53s
    5. Creating "Continued On..." numbers
      4m 44s
    6. Synchronizing documents in a book
      5m 41s
    7. Creating a table of contents
      11m 24s
    8. Indexing documents
      7m 24s
    9. Generating an index
      6m 47s
    10. Printing or exporting a book
      3m 10s
  9. 46m 4s
    1. Creating hyperlinks
      12m 53s
    2. Setting bookmarks
      6m 7s
    3. Creating buttons
      11m 16s
    4. Making movies
      8m 24s
    5. Creating sounds
      4m 51s
    6. Setting page transitions
      2m 33s
  10. 25m 59s
    1. Setting up swatch and style defaults
      3m 24s
    2. Using mixed ink colors
      6m 16s
    3. Working with duotones
      4m 23s
    4. Overprinting
      2m 10s
    5. Ink aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Using the Kuler panel
      4m 56s
  11. 50m 27s
    1. Creating the transparency blend space
      4m 6s
    2. Understanding InDesign color settings
      9m 8s
    3. Assign Profile and Convert to Profile
      3m 26s
    4. Working with RGB images
      7m 54s
    5. Working with CMYK images
      6m 28s
    6. Soft-proofing
      5m 18s
    7. Managing color at print time
      7m 25s
    8. Managing color in a PDF export
      6m 42s
  12. 42m 1s
    1. Embedding preflight profiles
      5m 1s
    2. Using the Transparency Flattener preview
      3m 23s
    3. Reviewing Transparency Flattener settings
      6m 30s
    4. Setting print presets
      3m 35s
    5. Setting PDF presets
      3m 21s
    6. Exporting to XHTML
      7m 42s
    7. Exporting to SWF
      6m 45s
    8. Exporting to XFL
      5m 44s
  13. 25m 58s
    1. Understanding XML and InDesign
      6m 51s
    2. Structuring InDesign content
      4m 17s
    3. Importing XML
      6m 57s
    4. Exporting to XML
      7m 53s
  14. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics
8h 3m Intermediate Dec 05, 2008

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David Blatner brings his knowledge of and passion for InDesign to the latest release of this state-of-the-art publishing program, showing how to harness its power and functionality. InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics covers the process of publishing with an eye on the program's latest nuances: optimizing page layouts, automating InDesign with Data Merge and XML, exploring interactive documents (including making movies), and exporting publications to a variety of formats. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Automating with Data Merge and XML
  • Optimizing page layouts
  • Using advanced effects
  • Creating interactive documents
  • Integrating with Illustrator
Subject:
Design
Software:
InDesign
Author:
David Blatner

Using the Transparency Flattener preview

I can see that this page contains transparency, because I see this little checker board icon next to the page in the Pages panel. But which object is transparent? This sort of thing happens all the time when you are working on files created by someone else. Now, wouldn't it be great if you could see where the transparent areas are at a glance? Even better, wouldn't it be nice to figure out which elements on the page are going to be affected when the document gets flattened? Well, you can do just that with the Transparency Flattener Preview panel. I am going to close the Pages panel and I am going to the Window menu and scroll down to Output. Then I will choose Flattener Preview.

Now, I just have to complain about something for a moment here. This panel was named incorrectly. It does not preview your transparency flattening. It simply alerts you to transparency issues. It really should be called the transparency flattener alert panel. Okay, I am done complaining. I just had to get that off my chest. So how does this panel work? First, we choose a type of highlighting from the Highlight pop-up menu. There is a number of different flattening issues listed here including all the Transparent Objects, All Affected Objects and so on.

I am going to start with Transparent Objects. I will select that and we can see that anything that is transparent, anything that has transparency on the page, gets highlighted in red. Anything where there is no transparency is gray. Now, if I go ahead and select this object and change it, maybe I will change its Opacity to 50%, we can see that everything grays out again. That's because the Flattener Preview panel does not automatically update unless you turn on Auto Refresh Highlight, but most of the time I like just clicking the Refresh button whenever I want to see it.

So I will click Refresh, and now I see that all of those objects, which were already transparent or highlighted, and the text that I just made transparent, is highlighted as well. Let's try some different highlighting here. How about All Affected Objects? Wow, now I can see there is a lot of objects affected on this page. But if I zoom in here a little closer, I can see that some objects are not affected. So this logo back here is not affected by transparency. This text, this text, in fact, all the text in this document is not affected by transparency, except for the type that we just made transparent. So that's a good thing to know when you are dealing with transparency, because you know you don't have to worry that the type is going to heavy up in the RIP or something like that, or any of the other issues that sometimes happen with transparency effects.

I can also change the Transparency Flattener Preset that's being applied to this page. Right now I only have the basics: Low, Medium, or High. Those are the default Flattener Presets that come with InDesign. I always use High Resolution, so I will just leave it set to High Resolution. But just in case you wanted to see, well, what would this look like if I flattened it with Low Resolution, I can choose that and then click Refresh. As it turns out in this document there is really no difference at all between Low and High, it's all staying just the same. But I will set this back to High, click Refresh, and I like looking at it in High Resolution because that's what I always use for my final output. However, this Flattener Preview panel is also useful when you are building new custom flattener settings. You can audition your various flattener settings to see which one makes the most sense in a print situation. You don't know how to make your own flattener settings or why you would want to? That's no problem. That's what we are going to be covering in the next movie.

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