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It's usually sufficient to name the layer FPO (for position only), but you can also set the layer to non-printing in Acrobat, go to View> Show/Hide> Navigation Panes> Layers (or click on the pancake icon), then select the layer and go to the fly-out menu> Layer properties, and set the layer to never prints.
What you set while creating a layer and what happens finally depends on the settings you choose in the print (Or export) options dialog box.
For example in the print dialog box, the below highlighted option would govern what is printed ultimately.
Generally from the Print Layers or Export Layers menu, we can choose which layers we want to print or include in the PDF:
1. All Layers: Prints or outputs all layers in your document, even if they are hidden or set as non-printing.
2. Visible Layers :Prints or outputs all visible layers, even if they are set as non-printing in Layer Options.
3. Visible & Printable Layers:Prints or outputs only those layers that are set as both visible and printable.
Do let us know what your settings are or if you were able to solve your issue with this information!
Hi, thank you so much!
Luke, I've been trying to do this for weeks, so I can't tell you how pleased I am!
Just to note, this only seems to work when exporting to "Adobe PDF Interactive" as this enables you to select "Create acrobat layers", whereas no layers show up when exporting to "Adobe PDF Print". There may be another way, but this way worked for me.
Aman, thanks for your help, but I've tried all of the above options in indesign, however none of them seem to show the non-printing layer without printing it once exported. Doing all of this in acrobat seems to work much better
You're welcome. You can create Acrobat layers for print PDFs when you choose Acrobat 6 compatibility or higher.