Every time I go to add an effect to an object (drop shadow) it will take the other objects on the page and wash them out. This is also happening when I try to put a transparency on an object. They aren't linked. I also tried putting the object on a separate layer, still doesn't change anything.
Has anyone experienced this or know what I am missing?
Are you printing this document, or are you using it for onscreen viewing? What is your choice under Edit > Transparency Blend Space: RGB or CMYK?
It's for print and on CYMK.
If all of these objects ar RGB, change the blend space.