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Converting Illustrator Vector to Transparent TIFF

Explorer ,
Aug 25, 2020 Aug 25, 2020

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I am composing a manuscript in InDesign. For this manuscript, I need to make some .ai vector designs in the interior of the book into solid images instead of vectors. That is, changing the .ai vectors to TIFF files.

 

The .ai vectors in the InDesign file are transparent, and I would want the TIFF files to also be transparent (i.e., without a white background) because I am printing the book on natural colour paper. In hopes of trying to convert the .ai designs to transparent TIFFs, I have read through an article at: https://howchoo.com/g/yzvlotm0nmm/background-transparent-illustrator

 

However, when I follow the above advice (i.e., open the .ai files in Illustrator, select View>Show Transparency Grid, and proceed to export as a TIFF file), the resulting TIFF does not have a transparent background. I confirmed this by placing the exported TIFF into my manuscript's InDesign file and changing the paper color to a bright yellow; the yellow does not appear behind the TIFF.

 

 How may I export a transparent TIFF from Illustrator?

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Community Expert , Aug 25, 2020 Aug 25, 2020

I see! The issue is in the print shop.

Here´s another video for you: No Tiff 02

I hope this helps you!

Best Regards

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Hi.

How do you mean with: " I need to make some .ai vector designs in the interior of the book into solid images instead of vectors."

Is not necessary to save your AI files in TIFF format.

Please check the following video: No Tiff Require

Can you explain if you need to obtain some effects in your images?

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I am using a printing company to print the manuscript. There are some issues with other images contained in the book when printed - it is rather complicated to explain the whole story. Suffice to say that the printing company suggested that I could possibly resolve it by changing the image to a TIFF.

 

Do you know how to convert an .ai into a transparent TIFF in Illustrator?

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I see! The issue is in the print shop.

Here´s another video for you: No Tiff 02

I hope this helps you!

Best Regards

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Thank you for taking some time to help.

 

I tried the method in your video, but the transparent TIFF still is rather bad quality in the end (in terms of color vibrance and resolution) compared to the original .ai. See:

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/15i20Hz0nJVMeHoAB7Qj74FMW7jjAgKal/view?usp=sharing

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Yes, I am aware I can import the .ai file into InDesign. But this is the very source of the problem; the exported PDF is too large with the .ai file, so I need to somehow make a TIFF file that is transparent.

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Your file is OK. Don´t worry. But if you look at it at 800%, of course, you will see the bitmap detail.

Your reference must always be 100%.

Due to the nature of your file, I highly recommend you to use the Merge Visible command under the layer panel.

MergeLayers.png

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And send a sample to your print shop for them to check your file.

Best Regards

 

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OK. Thank you for giving of your time, Carlos. I thank you for helping with this.

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Apr 05, 2024 Apr 05, 2024

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Hi Carlos, I know this post is old, but thank you for posting your video and the solution to this problem. It's a problem I've had for some time now and so grateful to finally have an answer. 

Have a wonderful day!

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