Cut out /See Through Text exports as solid block

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May 12, 2021 May 12, 2021

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I've made a page where the title is composed of letters that are cut out of a black band showing an image beneath.  The problem is that when I export the PDF from InDesign, it doesn't show the cut out. The band looks like a solid black rectangle.  Any ideas how to export so that the PDF looks like the InDesign document?  Files are attached to show problem.

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May 12, 2021 May 12, 2021

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Did you try File > Package? This will give you options on a .pdf as well. It might also tell you if there are any potential problems.

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May 12, 2021 May 12, 2021

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Hello,

 

Can you post the PDF file somewhere so it can be examined? what does the Indesign document look like with the overprint preview on?

 

regards,

Mike

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What are you viewing the PDF with? Your file looks perfectly fine to me.

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May 12, 2021 May 12, 2021

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Okay, I see the issue. I had opened your file in Acrobat and it was fine, as I said before, but I just opened it in Preview and the problem appears. So, this is what I see: Your text is live text,  and I suspect the Transparency Effects/ Knockout you are using is not being honoured by 3rd party PDF viewers.

In any case, I suggest you take a different approach to make your mask:

Convert your text to Outlines, then select it and the background black rectangle and make it all a Compound Path. and place the result over your photo. This should create the look you want.

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Thanks so much. I'm trying this and it seems to work.

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