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Transparency in Adobe InDesign

Customizing transparency flattener styles By DMN Staff Writer
When you print transparent artwork from Adobe InDesign 2.0--or export it to a format other than Adobe PDF 1.4 (Acrobat 5.0)--the artwork is "flattened." That is, InDesign cuts transparent artwork into multiple pieces, some that remain vector objects and some that become rasterized areas. Using transparency flattener styles, you can optimize the way InDesign prints transparent artwork to get the best results.

1. Open a document with transparent artwork
Create or open an InDesign document that contains transparent artwork.

2. Apply a preset style
Choose File > Print or File > Export. In the Advanced panel of the Print or Export dialog box, choose a default transparency flattener style from the Style pop-up menu.

If you're printing to a high-resolution device such as an imagesetter, choose High Resolution; if you're printing to a desktop printer, choose Medium Resolution; and if you're exporting a file for on-screen viewing (such as an SVG file), choose Low Resolution. The High Resolution style retains more of the transparent artwork as vector objects, requiring greater memory and longer print times. The Medium and Low Resolution styles rasterize more of the transparent artwork, potentially reducing print quality.

3. Print or export the file
Print or export the file after you've applied the default transparency flattener style.

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