Very eager to hear the answer, because I've had the same problem.
Inversion is not uncommon in Preview, which is not able to handle complex PDF properly, but I don't recall seeing reports that it showed up in Acrobat as well. Can you post a sample PDF with the tif (not inverted when placed) so we can take a look at it?
The problem is that any Mac application that uses PDF, like Pages for instance, also uses the same rendering software as preview, so if it looks 'negative' in preview, it will in Mac Mail, Pages etc as well.
The workaround is relative simple (if annoying).
Export your document as an .eps from InDesign.
Open that .eps in Acrobat and save as a PDF.
Looks and prints normal in preview and all other Mac OS apps.
Obviously this is not a great solution for a multi-page document, but for the one-pagers I'm doing, it works.
I have been having this same problem. I put a number of black and white images from photoshop into an indesign document. When I export from indesign to a PDF the images are inverted (black is white and white is black). I have this problem when I open the problem with the Adobe Reader. I would like to find an export setting that I can adjust to avoid the problem because I need my documents to be easily readable by anyone that I might need to send the document to, regardless of what system they have or what program they are using to open the PDF.
I should also add that I don't have this problem on my system at home (a Mac), or my school's PC's, but when I try to open the PDF on my school's Macs, this is when the images appear inverted.
Please post a screenshot showing that you are in fact using Reader and not Apple's Preview.
Does the inverted image have any alpha channels?
There is no way to assure that a PDF exported from InDesign will appear properly in any PDF reader outside of Acrobat or Reader. When you export you are exporting to Adobe PDF.
My bet is that your school's machines are set to open PDFs in preview.
I too am having the same issue. Exported PDF from Indesign = b/w images look like negatives. Additionally, if opened in Acrobat Pro the PDF looks normal and good but if reserved via Acrobat Pro same result = b/w images look like negatives.
I am still searching for a solution.
BTW: I am on a MAC OS X 10.9.5.
I meant, if "re-saved" via Acrobat Pro, same result = b/w images look like negatives.
Where? In Acrobat?
OK I hope this makes sense:
• Image started as grayscale PSD from PS CS6
• Imported into Indesign CS6
• Exported to high resolution PDF from Indesign CS6
• PDF preview on the desktop looks like a negative
• If opened in the app Preview, it looks like a negative
• In emails the PDF preview looks like a negative
• Opened in Acrobat Pro it looks fine, good, no problem.
• If I re-save the PDF in Acrobat Pro - the file looks like a negative again from the desktop, in Preview and in an email.
I just upgraded to Mavericks (I know late, but this is a company computer), does this have anything to do with the upgrade?
Thank you for your quick response.
Stop using preview…it’s junk. When you export you export an Adobe PDF. Anything outside Acrobat or Reader is a crapshoot.
I was having the same problems as you described and found two things that helped:
1) When exporting to PDF, go to the "Compression" window and in the "Grayscale Images" section change "Automatic (JPEG)" to none. The bad thing is your PDFs will be huge, but it gets rid of the inverted or negative look.
2) Save your original photos -.psd or .tif - flattened: Layer>Flatten Image. The downside of this is you will get the white anywhere that was transparent (the transparency is eliminated).
I've been trying to figure out how to retain that transparency, but no luck yet.
I was just having the same problem. When I would save my InDesign book to PDF it would convert only one photo to negative everything else looked good. I actually figured out how to fix it! I put the photo in Photoshop I went to Image then I went to Mode. Under Mode I notice that 8 bits/channel was selected. So I changed it to 16 bits/channel then converted to grayscale because we are printing everything black and white. Re-linked in InDesign saved as PDF like I had before and Wha la, it was fixed! Hope this helps someone because I know I wasn't able to find any help for this online.
Did you ever figure this out? I was just having the same problem. When I would save my InDesign book to PDF it would convert only one photo to negative everything else looked good. I actually figured out how to fix it! I put the photo in Photoshop I went to Image then I went to Mode. Under Mode I notice that 8 bits/channel was selected. So I changed it to 16 bits/channel then converted to grayscale because we are printing everything black and white. Re-linked in InDesign saved as PDF like I had before and Wha la, it was fixed! Hope this helps someone because I know I wasn't able to find any help for this online.
This was typical of viewing some PDFs in Mac Preview.
This is an old thread. I had the same problem when exporting a PDF from INDD today. I found turning "OFF" compression of Grayscale images fixes the problem.
Doesn't work turning OFF compression of grayscale. I change the image to jpg and works