Spot color backgrounds? White boxes and not thin white lines? see InDesignSecrets » Blog Archive » Eliminating the White Box Effect
Thin white lines would be the result of transparency flattening, and are called stitching. Pick an export setting that leaves the transparency live (Acrobat 5 or higher compatibility).
Hello Peter, thank you for rapid reply.
I am having white box effect. It is around the imported .ai files (which do not scale properly as well - another problem). See screenshot (ignore the font mismatch):
I assume it can be fixed as the third party company who provided this template were able to export it smoothly to a PDF (see image above, rightmost screenshot)
I tried remedies from the link you gave, no change/luck:
* Overprint preview (not available in Acrobat Reader 10 anymore)
* Simulate overprint (and print it to PDF via CutePDF Writer) - same white boxes
* Transparency flattener set to all-raster - same white boxes
I have "Coated FOGRA27" CMYK profile, instead of the workspace's default "US Web Coated SWOP v2", I set Id CS6.0 to "Preserve Embedded Profiles" - still white boxes
Hope you can help, before I finally attempt to contact the 3rd party company (they are not overly helpful/available as you are)
There are probably spot colors in the Illustrator files. Since you're a beginning, you'll probably have to send the AI files back and have the producer convert them to CMYK. That would solve the white box problem.
You can preview the overprinting in Reader if you export as PDF/X-1a from InDesign. Then Reader should show the overprinting.
However, if you needed to print the spot colors, overprinting needs to be turned on by the printer.
Try exporting using the PDF/X-4 preset.
Your quality issue in the export could be a couple of different things. It might be the result of saterizing the vecor in an effort to fix the white-box problem, or it could be the link is actually missing or out of date.
It worked. I had links broken (even though they were shipped in the original sub-directory, I still had to click on every single yellow exclamation triangle)
This solved everything: white boxes and low quality - thank you Peter!! You made me work done