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Rob E.
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Placed Illustrator image is invisible in InDesign

May 10, 2013 1:16 PM

Tags: #invisible_objects #placed_graphic

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.



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    May 10, 2013 1:21 PM   in reply to Rob E.

    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.

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    May 10, 2013 2:00 PM   in reply to Rob E.

    Is it set to non-printing? Perhaps as an attribute in Illustrator?

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