I have a PDF created from Excel - basically a table full of information. When I place it into InDesign and apply a drop shadow, I want the drop shadow to basically only show on the right and bottom edge of the image - basically like it's a solid sheet of paper with the table printed on it.
Instead, the drop shadow is applying to every single table line and text within the table, so I am seeing shadows everywhere. Is there a way to avoid this, or is this problem more in how the PDF is generated? For the record, I tried to 'Save as Adobe PDF' from within Excel, Print to PDF, and used the Acrobat ribbon - but they all give the same results. I also used a 'Flatten Document' script within Acrobat, but that didn't help either.
Forget flattening the PDF from Excel.
What you need to do when placing the PDF file into InDesign is to make sure that (1) you check the option for Show import options and then (2) you deselect the Transparent Background option. That should eliminate the problem.
You could also try filling the frame with paper.
Brilliant! That worked. Thanks, Dov!