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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However, selecting this option may result in paths that are too complex for the printer to handle. I tried Document Info. In Acrobat, choose Preserve Overprint to blend the color of transparent artwork with the background color to create an overprint effect. Use the Flattener Preview panel to determine which areas of the artwork contain transparency.

Highlights all patterns that will be expanded if involved in transparency.

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

In the Advanced panel you can choose te flattener preset Illustrator ttransparency use and, if you wish, edit it. This option ensures that the width of text stays consistent during flattening. Important settings are outlined in red. Create or edit a transparency flattener preset.

If the version is higher than 8, then much transparency is maintained. Transparency Issues By EF adobeforums. Open the layers pop-out.

Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. 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.

In case Photoshop is an option: Then start Illustrator 10 and you will fltaten Flattener Preview pallette in Windows menu Do you want to maintain the vector data? The amount of rasterization that occurs depends on the complexity of the page and the types of overlapping objects.

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Post as a guest Name. If it was obsolete to you then then its obsolete today. But nothing seemed to happen not sure if I should see any activity at this stage.

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Specifies the name of the preset. Acrobat DC has a menu customising feature, so it is not found in the main menu in the default program. Even illustrstor I missed what you were saying about ticking objects for a while, then got it.

While holding down the CTRL key Command on Macbrowse through the Layers panel and click on all of the layers that you wish to combine. Select the flattening settings you want to use, either by choosing a preset or setting flaten options. If you want to save it as a flattened file, i.

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With this option, blending modes and overprints are lost, but their appearance is retained within the processed artwork, along with the level of alpha transparency as when you rasterize artwork using a transparent background.

For the Illustrator and Illustrator EPS formats, you can choose to discard transparency rather than flatten it. With this option selected, overprinted areas that interact with transparency are flattened, while overprinting in other areas is preserved.

Deselect this option when saving files for use in page-layout applications. In Illustrator and Acrobat, to magnify the preview, click in the preview area. Layers help to organize the various elements that make up an Adobe Illustrator graphic, allowing you to arrange them in order of priority.

When you save an Illustrator file in certain formats, the native transparency information is retained. Common effects that apply transparency are any stylising effects like shadows, glows and feathering. If I understand you, this means that particular section has not been flattened yet. The Flattener Preview is not intended for precise previewing of spot colors, overprints, and blending modes. Please turn JavaScript back on and reload this page. Before flattening your project, we recommend saving a copy of your current Illustrator file.


In the Dialog Box for Saving File as eps, for Transparency choose to Preserve the Overprints and choose the new preset that you just created. By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. Can you explain what you mean by “Flatten”? Transparency Flattener Preset options. Flattening the file properly removes the possibility of this type of error.

When you scroll down through the information, it should have two lines saying: If, however, you are saving a PDF for a printer and they reqire flattened artwork, you can take care of that on save. Basically all the reasons that existed when it was first introduced. How can we make this article more useful?

Email Required, but never shown. Instead, use Overprint Preview mode for those purposes. Click for PDF copy of traansparency instructions. Leave Anti-alias and Create Clipping Mask options unchecked. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google.

In addition, in Illustrator you can apply them when saving files to earlier versions of Illustrator or when copying to the clipboard; in Acrobat, you can also apply them when optimizing PDFs. Illustrator flattens artwork when you perform any of the following actions: