Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video On the topic of flattening transparency, part of InDesign: Print PDFs.
…In the last movie I use something called a PDF X1A preset.…Which to me sounds more like a rocket engine than a PDF.…But what the heck does it mean?…Well, this is where we start to separate the grownups from the kids.…The pros from the pishers.…If you really want to make great PDF files, you have to…understand how the PDF file format deals with colors and transparency.…And this is slightly technical, but please bear with me, hear me out,…because this is one of the most important concepts when making a PDF file.…
And far too few people understand it.…If you have any transparency in your document,…and I'm talking a drop shadow or a place…PSD file with layers, or any of a…dozen different transparency effects that you might choose from.…If there's any transparency in your document, then you need to…consider if, or when, that transparency is going to be flattened.…Flattening, is the process of turning objects that…are transparent, into objects that look transparent, but aren't.…As long as it's digital, on screen, you can leave something transparent forever.…
- Comparing the Export vs. Distiller workflows
- Using Adobe PDF presets
- Adjusting image compression
- Creating a hybrid print/screen PDF
- Keeping your PDF file size small
- Batching exporting PDFs
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Why can't I open the exercise files?
A: If you cannot open the files, try the IDML file, as David explains in the third movie of the course.