Transparent, or a tint?
I suspect the latter and it would most likely be caused by your preference for Appearance of Black. Make sure you set it to Output All Blacks Accurately or you 100 K objects will output as a tint in the 90s, with 100% K reserved for rich black objects.
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Sorry, just realized I told you that backwards, and forgot to mention this only applies when outputting to a Monochrome printer or composite gray PDF.
For that set to Output all blacks as Rich Black to avoid screening 100K.
Transparent, not a tint, meaning that objects underneath the black box are showing through when they shouldn't. Any tips for that?
100% black in InDesign will default to overprint.
Any place where there is a large expanse of black, use a rich black mix. this will give you a deeper black, and will knock out the images below it.
Thank you, the rich black definitely worked, i no longer see a transparency.
I still have one issue. As you can see in the picture i posted, the blue line got skewed, as well as the black dots that are above that green splash. These are all individual ai files places on top of each other in indesign. the green splash has a gradient, if that has anything to do. it is a complex ai file. Any ideas how to make it smooth?
Does it print that way, or have you just looked at it on screen?
If you are just talking about the screen view, View > Display Performance > High Quality Display should fix it.
It prints that way as well. It renders it looking low-res.