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Overlay gradient issue on printing

New Here ,
Nov 10, 2022 Nov 10, 2022

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I created a file for an advertisement to be printed on a magazine with Illustrator, exported to PDF / x-1a: 2001.
Above the main image is a gradient with blend mode multiply to make the text pop. Opening the file with Adobe Acrobat displays it correctly, while if I open the file with a preview program the gradient creates problems no longer showing the image below. We also had the same problem in print.

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Nov 10, 2022 Nov 10, 2022

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Don't trust Preview with your precious PDFs.

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Nov 10, 2022 Nov 10, 2022

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What does it mean?

The Illustrator and Acrobat files are correct, but the printing file is wrong. And also if I open the file in Photoshop I see it with that gray rectangle.

Francesca Tomasi

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Nov 10, 2022 Nov 10, 2022

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About the printing, you have to check with your service provider. Also check out: https://creativepro.com/eliminating-ydb-yucky-discolored-box-syndrome/

 

Preview is just not able to display PDFs correctly.

 

Without seeing the PDF, nobody will be able to tell you why Photoshop can't do it. Is there a Pantone color in it?

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Nov 10, 2022 Nov 10, 2022

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The only PDF readers which preview reliably for print and prepress work are Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader. Apple Preview, browser PDF readers, and other readers are meant for casual use only.

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Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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The picture on the left is open with Adobe Acrobat, and it shows how the file was supposed to be printed but in the magazine came out wrong. I'm trying to understand if it's my fault, maybe I have to rasterize the gradient before I export the PDF, or if it's the service provider's fault.

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Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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Can you not ask the service provider what they did with the file?

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No Pantone, only a CMYK gradient over a jpg

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Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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Why are you using x-la?

Is your image rgb?

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Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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Why are you using x-la?


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Most probably because that's what the service provider specified.

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We'll have to wait and see, I never like to assume...

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