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InDesign - Shadow Prints Improperly

Dec 7, 2012 10:02 AM

Tags: #printing_problem #drop_shadow

I'm using InDesign from iCloud. I drew a round corner object box, white fill and added a drop shadow - The shadow was added using the Effects panel. The object sits on red background. On screen the shadow has rounded corners. When printed in color (this is important) to my Xerox DC250 w/EFI RIP, the shadow has a secondary faint shadow with square corners slightly larger than the shadow for the object. When printed as a Grayscale it prints properly.


I made a PDF and it printed with the same results.


I then made the same object in Illustrator and it printed correctly.

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    Dec 7, 2012 10:05 AM   in reply to BigBearPrinter

    Moved from the Creative Cloud to the InDesign forum. They will be able to help you here.

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    Dec 7, 2012 3:09 PM   in reply to BigBearPrinter

    You might be suffering from Yucky Discolored Box Syndrome. Here is the cure:


    1. Create a Transparency Flattener Preset that rasterizes everything.
    2. Edit Transparency Flattener Presets, click on High, then click New.
    3. Slide the raster/vector slider all the way to the left. Set the linework resolution to the printer’s output resolution (i.e. 600), and set the gradient/mesh resolution to 150 or higher. Save as a new Flattener Preset.
    4. File ⇒ Print, and under Output, choose Composite CMYK, and check the Simulate Overprint checkbox. Under Advanced, select your all-raster flattener


    Your print dialog box settings might vary, but this will probably defeat this digital printer phenomenon.


    Hope this helps,


    Mike Witherell in Maryland

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    Dec 7, 2012 3:17 PM   in reply to BigBearPrinter

    Why spec a spot color for a digital device? It can't print it in spot color.

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