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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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. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. About us Case Studies Gallery Contact us. Do one of the following:. You can control the speed and quality of the preview image by selecting an option from the panel menu.

Before flattening your project, we recommend saving a copy of your current Illustrator file. For instructions on how to do this, check our guide at www. You can create your own flattener presets or choose from the default options provided with the software. When including, say, a cut-out image from Photoshop in my Illustrator doent, I get a “box outline” around the cut-out image when printed.

Highlights the objects that are sources of transparency, such as objects with partial opacity including images with alpha channelsobjects with blending modes, and objects with opacity masks.

To give yo more background, the reason I am doing this and trying to follow this route, is that I am loading the resulting PDF to an online printing site that particular site for many other reasons. The resolution affects the precision of intersections when flattened. What is Transparency Flattening?

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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.

During the creative process, it’s useful to separate graphics into smaller elements, dlatten when you’re ready to export a finished piece, you’ll probably want to consolidate the layers into a single group.

Next, select a layer in the panel that you wish to consolidate all of the other layers into. This is a public forum that offers a wealth of tips and answers to frequently asked questions, and can be found at www. You are a life saver! Convert All Strokes To Transpsrency. Illustrator flattens artwork when you perform any of the following actions: Highlights all linked EPS files that are affected by transparency.

Select the flattening settings you want to use, either by choosing a preset or setting tranzparency options. 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. For illutsrator Illustrator and Illustrator EPS formats, you can choose to discard transparency rather than flatten it.

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Display the Flattener Preview panel or dialog box:. Transpagency Anti-alias and Create Clipping Mask options unchecked. Instead, use Overprint Preview mode for those purposes. As artwork becomes more complex mixing images, vectors, type, spot colors, overprinting, and so onso does the flattening and its results. Finally, open the Layers panel menu by clicking the dropdown arrow in the top right corner, and choose “Merge Selected”.


Once you’ve flattened the layers, you won’t be able to edit them, so it’s definitely a good idea to have a backup in case you need to make some last-minute tweaks. Rasterizes all objects, including images, vector artwork, text, and gradients, to the specified resolution.

The option remains ‘enabled’ in the drop down menu The Flatten Artwork function consolidates every element in the project, while Merge lets you select which elements to combine. In InDesign you can use hi-res setting when you print your files. Flatten transparency or flatten all objects to a single, non-editable image? Correct Answers – 10 points.

In Acrobat, choose Preserve Overprint to blend the color of transparent artwork with the background color to dlatten an overprint effect. The time now is This option ensures that the width of strokes stays consistent during flattening.

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Keep in mind that the Flattener Preview panel is not intended for precise previewing of spot colors, overprints, blending modes, and image resolution. While holding down the CTRL key Command on Macbrowse through the Layers panel and click on all illuustrator the layers that you wish to combine. Acrobat DC has a menu customising feature, so it is not found in the main menu in the default program.

If it was obsolete to you then then its obsolete today. If spot colours are present, go back to the source file and either remove the spot colour objects or convert them to CMYK Process Colour.

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