Exported PDF showing only lines

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Mar 31, 2022 Mar 31, 2022

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Hi there, I have a large format file (4150x1200mm) with one tiff image as background and some text and graphical elements. When I export it to PDF it only shows lines, the background image is missing. I've tried different settings, but same result. Hope you can help 🙂

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Community Expert , Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

The resolution of that graphic is ridiculously high for something with those dimensions. You could probably get away with an effective resolution of 50 ppi and you're at 300.

 

I strongly suggest a phone call to the printer because I would think an RGB image would also be in order here.

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Mar 31, 2022 Mar 31, 2022

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Try to save this tif as psd and re-place background as new psd file. 

 

Remember, never say you can't do something in InDesign, it's always just a question of finding the right workaround to get the job done. © David Blatner

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Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

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Hi George, That's not possible, the Photoshop file is too large. I can only choose PSB or TIFF

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Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

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Choose psb and re-try

Remember, never say you can't do something in InDesign, it's always just a question of finding the right workaround to get the job done. © David Blatner

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As far as I'm aware you can't place a PDB to InDesign?

 

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Mar 31, 2022 Mar 31, 2022

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What happens if you export as PDF/X-4?

You wrote about the background image. What are its properties? Text, vectors, photo, image? How are the attributes in InDesign? What color has the TIF image? Greyscale, white, spot color?

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Seems to make it worse. I've completely flattened the file, to prevent errors caused by transparency. It's just one large image, CMYK file. In InDesign it looks as it should, I've also attached a screenshot of that.

 

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Mar 31, 2022 Mar 31, 2022

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How are you viewing your pdf? If Acrobat or Reader, the page display preference to show large images should be on. If it is on, try opening the image and resaving from Photoshop.

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Yes in Adobe Acrobat, the option is checked - but thanks for thinking along!

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Give the package of your publication and this pdf here through some dropbox/yadisk service. Let's some of us look in it!

 

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Thanks for the offer, you can download the package here: https://we.tl/t-UzTbiBEqYn

The problem is probably the PSD file, but all help is welcome.

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The resolution of that graphic is ridiculously high for something with those dimensions. You could probably get away with an effective resolution of 50 ppi and you're at 300.

 

I strongly suggest a phone call to the printer because I would think an RGB image would also be in order here.

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The resolution is that high because the Indesign file is at 50% of the real size. The printer will enlarge it. I've changed it to RGB and changed the resolution to 80ppi, that did the trick. Thanks for the help.

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So the image, after enlargement would have been 150 ppi which is still really high for something that size. I'm sure 80 will be fine but again, talking to the printer is the best thing you can do.

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