> I have created a logo in Freehand, and I need to export
it as an EPS with a
> transparent background to place in an InDesign document.
How do I export the
> file with a transparent background?
Just export eps without screen image. InDesign can read the
file and show it on screen.
Also exporting as illustrator file (v7) works but some
effects may be lost. Now I make graphics with Illustrator and just
import the native illustrator files - and photoshop files too, even
InDesign imports pdf files too, but FreeHand can't always
create production quality pdf.
> Please excuse my lack of experience, but can you please
explain what you mean
> by "without screen image"?
In general contents of eps files (encapsulated postscript)
cannot be viewed with layout programs and alike. Therefore a screen
image must be included for placing. When the document is printed to
a postscript printer or exported as pdf the screen image is omitted
and the postscript code is used. In this case it is not 'What you
see is what you get' but "What you get is what you can't see'.
In Windows the screen image has always been a opaque bitmap
image but in mac screen image can be 'clipped'. In both platforms,
however, the postscript output is the same i.e. without background.
> I did try exporting as Illustrator 7, but it only came
in as a grey box in
> InDesign. I'm waiting on approval to purchase the
upgrade to Illustrator CS3.
I'm not sure if InDesign CS2 can show contents of eps files,
both Mac and Windows. I just tried exporting eps and ai from
FreeHand and they worked well in Windows InDesign CS3.
Usually eps file without screen image appear as white box and
all the images as grey boxes if Disply Performance is set to Fast
Disply in InDesign. So check InDesign display settings.
Also try to export eps with a screen image.
If the logo is simple with just outline objects it can be
copypasted into InDesign as well. In FreeHand 'copy special' and
select the clipboard format.