Wanted to update. I just created a brand new document in InDesign, drew a rectangle, applied a gradient, exported... object does not appear in the PDF at all.
It is the only object in the document. Just a basic black rectangle.
And just to further complicate it. If I change the size of the rectangle down to just a little box .5 inch by .5 inch, the gradient exports some of the time.
What export settings are you using?
Try any PDF profile without modification.
- Is the blue color a spot color?
- How does it look if you turn on the overprint preview in InDesign and later in Acrobat?
- Why did you use a CMYK image, I would strongly recommend to use RGB images for print. http://indesignsecrets.com/import-rgb-images-indesign-convert-cmyk-export.php
- Your screen shots are terrible small. Please use larger images, 3, not 1, so that we can recognize what it means.
I exported with all of my profiles, and all of the default. With and without modifications it changed nothing about my output.
Willi, I'm a little confused by some of your feedback:
1. The blue was not a spot color. It was a CMYK blue. On top of a CMYK image. I listed that information in my original question to hopefully deflect the Q&A as to whether I was placing RGBs on top of CMYKs and so forth, since I knew full well that was not the problem.
2. Overprint changes nothing in either. Tested both before posting here.
3. Irrelevant to my question but the simple answer is, because it was already a CMYK image.
4. I realize they were small. I didn't know what all to include to answer Peter's question most directly. So I was trying to include too much information in 1 picture I guess.
The short of it:
PDF 1.7, default compression of images, no color conversions, no security settings, live transparency.\
There are a couple bits of important information though that I included in my follow up. I created a new document in ID. Put just a black rectangle on it, applied a gradient, exported as PDF and the rectangle was not visible. However if I changed the size of the gradient it would appear in the export. Also, sometimes if I added other objects the gradient would become visible.
I did not talk about overprint, I wrote overprint preview, which is something different.
InDesign shows the gradient in both standard and overprint preview.
PDF doesn't show the gradient in either view.
Did you check, if the the blending mode of the gradient is other than normal? Object or area?
Do you have another computer you could move this to try the export?
And does it make any difference if you start up in Safe Mode?
Peter, thank you for the suggestions, while they didn't solve the problem it did lead me TO the problem.
Exporting was never actually producing a problem, with the gradients or anything else for that matter. The problem was inside MY acrobat. On a previous project I had turned on the internal option to replace document colors with high contrast colors, and hadn't realized that I didn't shut it off.
Ay dios mio.
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