2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 14, 2012 1:46 PM by Mathias17 RSS

    Setting a Drop Shadow to Overprint

    Mathias17 Community Member

      Rather than drop shadows knock fuzzy holes in underlying separations, is there a way to set a Drop Shadoo to always overprint?

        • 1. Re: Setting a Drop Shadow to Overprint
          Mike Gondek2 MVP

          Illustrator Drop Shadows are set to multiply by default.

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          If you are talking about drop shadows from Photoshop placed images, you need to make 2 photoshop files to achieve this.

           

          1. Photoshop file without drop shadow on top
          2. Photoshop file with drop shadow set to multiply in Illustrator underneath the other image

           

           

          To get the images to register, you just need to copy 1 oplace image and paste in front, then use the links panel to relink to the other image.

          • 2. Re: Setting a Drop Shadow to Overprint
            Mathias17 Community Member

            What now? No, just typical Illustrator drop shadows, live effects. But you comment about Multiply Mode . . .

             

             

            I checked into that. I had turned it off so I could eliminate hard-to-predict print problems resulting from using fancy effects.

             

            Turns out, Multiply Mode makes the shad overprint. The proof:

             

             

            Overprint off:

             

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            Overprint on. Drop Shadow blend mode: Normal.

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            Overprint on. Drop Shadow blend mode: Multiply.

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            Nice! Thanks, Mike.