What are the colors used in the gradient?
Waht do you see in ID if you turn on Overprint Preview?
I had been having similar issues with a gradient line created in InDesign not showing up on prints. The .pdf file would have them but when it came to print from .pdf to printer the lines would not be there. This happened on multiple files. Any thoughts?
Hi there, sorry for the huge delay. Work had me focusing on a few more urgent matters.
The gradient is just using process colours. Going from C80 M0 Y0 K0 to C80 M0 Y0 K30.
When I look at it using separations preview it looks exactly the same. Everything that I've thought to examine seems to be fine, though I'm not very advanced when it comes to InDesign, I'm much more of a photoshop/illustrator guy.
This page has successfully been used in multiple brochures so they obviously didn't have a problem - but when I export a PDF the gradient is gone no matter what settings I use.
Anything that I might be missing?
Just in case it was something in the file that I didn't know about (I am not the creator of the file) I created a new document, made a square and gave it a gradient fill (just the default white to black) as well as a stroke. It looks fine in the separation preview etc, but then when I export the file to a pdf, I get a solid white square with a black stroke - no gradient.
Is this just some weird bug?
What program do you use to check the gradient in the PDF? Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader or some other application?
Not every program supports all PDF properties properly, only Adobe ACROBAT and READER do.
What settings and what process do you use to export the PDF?
I literally tired adjusting every single option when exporting. Systematically going through to get every combination.
But you know what?... I just accidently found out how to get around this and as a result it really does appear that this is just some weird bug (and I updated my InDesign in case it had be rectified).
If the gradient angle is set at anything other than 0, the gradient exports.
But if it's at 0 it doesn't export and you will just get a solid colour (which is whatever the left most colour is in the gradient panel).
I tried fiddling around with it to recreate the problem with the gradient angle set at 1 degree and had no problems what-so-ever.
it even works fine if you set the gradient to 0.1, which is not going to be noticeable in the design.
It's such a weird quirk. Do others really not have this problem? Because I've spent a lot of time googling it and couldn't find that answer anywhere.