I have an Illustrator image made from a LiveTrace, only five colors but a grouped drawing of hundreds of little objects. When I try to place this as a graphic file in InDesign, it's invisible (though there's the target sign in the image box indicating something's in there). When I try to save the Illustrator file as a PDF, I have the same blank page.
I'm sure there's something obvious I'm missing, but I've been trying without success for half an hour to figure it out. This is ID CS5.5 and Illustrator CS5. Much obliged to anyone who can help me out.
Perhaps the artboard size is large and you're only seeing a blank corner in the frame? Trhy selecting with the direct select (white) arrow and see where the bounds of the graphic are. You may also want to show import options when you place it and choose a different crop option.
No, I click and drag when I place the image. The bounds of the graphic are the same as the image box (just checked to make sure). The other thing that's weird is that when I save the file as an Illustrator PDF, it's visible in Illustrator but a blank page in Acrobat. I'm kind of flummoxed.
Sorry for the month's delay in reply, but I was interrupted by other projects. You were right, though! I'd been inadvertantly working on a layer I'd designated a template, so everything there was non-printing.
This threw me because after placing a photo I did a trace right on that layer and kept working there. Although placed images will be recognizably dimmed on a template, an object group made out of LiveTrace apparently won't be -- so it was easy to forget I was on a template layer (the only layer in the document!) once I'd started working.
Thanks so much for your help!