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New Here ,
Jul 02, 2010 Jul 02, 2010

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I'm relatively new to Illustrator, (I'm working in CS4) and created a corporate logo for one of my clients.  When I place the logo into Photoshop or InDesign, the logo is in a white box.  How can I make the background transparent in the original Illustrator file?

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Adobe Community Professional , Oct 27, 2011 Oct 27, 2011
Illustrator >> View >> Show transparency gridYou will see a checkerboard pattern showing you where you have tranparency.Save your .ai fle with pdf compatible and place into InDesignIf you placed as .eps in InDesign you need toInDesgin>>View >> Display Performace >> High quality Display

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LEGEND ,
Jul 02, 2010 Jul 02, 2010

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Ok so I do not know if you did this or not but if one just saves the after flattening the transparency then this will happen if one saves it as an eps this will happen but if one saves it s an .ai file without flattening the transparency then the art retains its transparency..

Like such same art one with the transparency flattened the other as an ai file without flattening the transparency.

Screen shot 2010-07-02 at 8.56.42 AM.png

I want to clarify he issue if you have effects applied to the art  and save as an eps this will occur with no effects then the eps should work fine.

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New Here ,
Jul 02, 2010 Jul 02, 2010

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Thanks Wade,

I appreciate your help on this. Before I posted my question on the

forum, I placed both the original ai file and eps file into both

InDesign and Photoshop, and got the same results: white box. Maybe

it's the way I built the original ai file that's at fault. What can I

do to the original file that will enable me to make the background

transparent?

AL

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Creative Director/Art Director

Specializing in Strategic Communications and Advertising

703-901-2323, alwasha@mac.com

www.alwasha.com

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LEGEND ,
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Without seeing the file it is hard to say. You could try to export it as a psd file.

But if you can post the file I can see if not if you can use the camera icon in the message composer to attach screenshots of you art and or layers panel expanded and the appearance panel also expanded that would be helpful.

If you can describe what steps you foloewed to create the art that might help.

Right now it is a little vague.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Hold Shift as you place the file in InDesign or click on Show Import Options. You may have set the program to add a white background to placed objects. Changing Import Options for a placed file will set that as the default for future imports, where appropriate to the format of the placed graphic.

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Illustrator >> View >> Show transparency grid

You will see a checkerboard pattern showing you where you have tranparency.

Save your .ai fle with pdf compatible and place into InDesign

If you placed as .eps in InDesign you need to

InDesgin>>View >> Display Performace >> High quality Display

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Save it as an eps file.

When you save it, an EPS Options dialog box will open.

Under "Preview" there is a drop down menu "Format".

Select "TIFF (8-bit Color)", no matter if it is a one colour or 4 colour file.

Under the drop down menu there are 2 options, "Transparent" and "Opaque". Choose Transparent.

When you link this file in InDesign, it will come in without a background.

If you need a raster file, open it in Photoshop and save it as a .tiff and check off "Transparent".

Hope this helps everyone!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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If you want to place a file in InDesign, don't use EPS. Use AI or PDF. EPS is kind of dated.

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EPS files are not dated. They may be bigger than .ai files but they are still a common file type especially when dealing with all the different levels of software (CS 5, CS 5.5)....

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LEGEND ,
May 07, 2012 May 07, 2012

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cosimcgrl78 and Mike

t does not matter what you do or what setings you give an eps file if the file contains araster effect it will not place in another application with a transparent background but an ai file will

even in Word if you are using a Ma to import it.

This is an eps witth a drop shadow exported from AI and placed in ID

Screen Shot 2012-05-07 at 12.31.40 PM.png

Withoput the raster effects it will be fine but with raster effect it does not support transparency.

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LEGEND ,
May 07, 2012 May 07, 2012

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Actually of course it is the pdf compatibility feature that saves a pdf versio in the ai file that allows it to be read by other programs such as ID and Word (on the Mac only).

So saving as a pdf is probably a very good way of going about it.

Here is the ai file with the same raster effect as the eps above.

Screen Shot 2012-05-07 at 12.45.45 PM.png

here is the same ai file in Word on a Mac.

Screen Shot 2012-05-07 at 12.53.48 PM.png

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 28, 2012 Aug 28, 2012

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In Illustrator - for the shadow graphic only, taking for granted you gassian blured a vector graphic, try 'tranparency >> set blending mode to Multipy >> Save as an .ai file'

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New Here ,
Oct 07, 2015 Oct 07, 2015

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Simple fix. Perfect... thank you!

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 05, 2012 Sep 05, 2012

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I am not exactly certain of your problem, but when I want to create an image to insert into a word file, or InDesign or whatever, I do a FILE>SAVE FOR WEB.

Then make it a GIF. Set it to have transparancy and it comes right in with no white background. You have to play with the size of it, as they usually start really small.

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New Here ,
Nov 29, 2012 Nov 29, 2012

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I have designed a menu with overlapping pics screened to 15% n the background. When I sent this to a print shop for copying I am getting black lines that show up. It looks like my artboard and guidleines. When I used my home printer to print these linses are not there. Can you make a suggestion to remedy this or tell me what I might be doing wrong

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New Here ,
Jul 29, 2014 Jul 29, 2014

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Perfect!  Thank you.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 27, 2014 Aug 27, 2014

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Just wondering why this question is still open. Shouldn't it be closed with all these answers?

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 06, 2013 Apr 06, 2013

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Import.png

Make sure to Place the file! (File > Place...) Hope this helps!

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New Here ,
Aug 06, 2013 Aug 06, 2013

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This started happening to my inDesign files and I wanted to pull my hair out.

@pjdv is right, but you have to select SHOW IMPORT OPTIONS in the dialog box for placing objects to get that dialog box in his screenshot

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Aug 17, 2013 Aug 17, 2013

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Create an outline of the logo with the pen tool, select the image and the outline and make a clipping mask (Command +7).

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New Here ,
Nov 18, 2013 Nov 18, 2013

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Hello @all,

I have a similar problem.

I created the icon in illustrator and saved it via "save for website" as an png-file. Bevor saving the file, I checked that the background is transparent.

But after uploading the the png-file, I noticed that the edges of the bounding box are still white.

Please take a look at the attachments.

Thank you very very much!!!adobeforum.PNGadobeforum2.PNG

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Enthusiast ,
Nov 18, 2013 Nov 18, 2013

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You can place native files (Ai, Psd) straight into Indesign, also, you can save the Illustrator file as an .eps file.

Or from Illustrator save file to Photoshop:- File - Export - Format :  Photoshop PSD

Hope this makes sense?

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New Here ,
Nov 18, 2013 Nov 18, 2013

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Thanks,

but i need the file in png or jpg.

I have to upload this image and there is no other data type possible. 😕

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Enthusiast ,
Nov 18, 2013 Nov 18, 2013

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If the end use of your png/jpeg graphic is for a web page, the web editor should automatically be able to see that the graphic has a transparent back ground.

Creating the graphic using Illustrator all you need to do is save it as a .eps or native file and place it into Indesign, when using Indesign you have to set the page to -

'View' - 'Display Performance' - 'High Quality Display' to see the image at its most crisp/resolution.

Hope the above info' is of use if not now maybe in the future.

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New Here ,
Nov 20, 2013 Nov 20, 2013

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Hello,

sorry, but the Indesign part isn't helpful for me.

I create the icons in Illustrator and save them via "save for website" as an png 24, check transparency, uncheck "whole draw area" an click save.

I have to save it as png for the system I want to upload the icon.

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