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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Print and save transparent artwork

Higher settings preserve more vector objects, while lower settings rasterize more vector objects; intermediate settings preserve simple areas in vector form and rasterize complex ones. Print and save transparent artwork Search. When you print to a low-resolution or non-PostScript printer, such as a desktop inkjet printer, you can choose to rasterize all artwork during printing.

When I open the additional menu again, flatten artwork is still available, in other words hasn’t disabled, which I rather expected it to do if it had worked. This version does not support transparency, so requires artwork to be flattened. The blue circle is using different transparency effects for its fill and its stroke. The red highlighted objects contain transparency and will be affected by flattening.


How to print and save transparent artwork in Illustrator

Keep in mind that objects cannot merge with each other, and layers can only merge if they’re located at the same level of the folder hierarchy. If you are saving your artwork for someone using Illustrator, just save the file in the appropriate version. Blends the color of transparent artwork with the background color to create an overprint effect. Even then I missed what you were saying about ticking objects for a while, then got it.


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

You can choose a flattener preset in the Advanced panel of the Print dialog box or of the format-specific dialog box that appears after the initial Export or Save As dialog box. This option is useful for service providers who need to see graphics that require attention to print properly.

Transparenyc option is only available if the printer driver for the selected printer supports bitmap printing. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. An alternative approach would be to flatten your artwork via the layers palette before saving, but that would create a PDF with one layer rather than a flat PDF.

At any time, click Refresh to display a fresh preview version based on your settings.

How to flatten pdf when exporting in Illustrator – Graphic Design Stack Exchange

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. The good news is that one almost never needs to flatten transparency. Highlights text and strokes that have rasterized fills as a result of flattening.

Select a preset in the list. Any advice as to how to get rid of said boxes? Preview which areas of artwork will be flattened. Highlights all patterns that will be expanded if involved in transparency. If that is the case, the procedure I followed was to: Their online help also suggests the PDF version should be later than 1. This option ensures that the width of text stays consistent during flattening.


Select the flattening settings you want to use, either by choosing a preset or setting specific options.

If the artwork contains overprinted objects that interact with transparent objects, select an option from the Overprints menu. You can save transparency flattener presets in a separate file, making it easy to back them up or to make them available to your service providers, clients, or others in your workgroup. Sorry to be so lame. Actually, Jacob’s response may have solved it for me. So Scott, excuse my ignorance and my inverted commas which were trying to highlght what I considered jargon and therefore were the ares around which I was unsure.

How can we make this article more useful? This is what I do with my files What is Experiential Marketing? To base a preset on a predefined preset, select one in the list and click New.

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