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Exporting layers from InDesign to PDF

New Here ,
Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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I've tried to export an InDesign file with two layers, the art and the template. I need to send it to the printer for a custom box. I don't see layers in my PDF. What am I doing wrong? I'm using the latest versions of each program. I'm attaching the InDesign file before I make text into outlines, in case there are changes and the PDF I got.

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021
Did you tick the “create layers” check box?

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Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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It's not normally recommneded to convert text to outlines.

What kind of PDF did you produce, PDF/X-4 is the normal one, but it depends on your printer.

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Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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Thanks! Changed the Output to X-4 and still don't see layers. What am I doing wrong?

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Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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Did you tick the “create layers” check box?

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New Here ,
Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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Duh! I had said "All Layers" but failed to tick the box! That did it! Thanks you both.

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Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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Hello,

 

To export a layered pdf the Compatibility needs to set to Acrobat 6 or higher, also the "Create Acrobat Layers" needs to be checked on.  Please see the attached screen shot....

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Mike

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I agree on the don't outline comment. Unless your printer is specifically asking you to do so, don't. What you sacrifice, especially on smaller type, is the hinting that the typeface has built in to make smaller sizes look better. When converted to outline, there's a good chance your type will look chunkier than you expect or want.

Also, from a printer's perspective (I've worked in prepress) we'd much rather see you send us two separate files... one for the artwork and one for the dieline... But this is something you should discuss with your printer. It's quite possible their RIP doesn't know what to do with layered PDFs.

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I see your background image is set to 80% opacity, if this was done to show the box template, this is not necessary. The template (or dieline) is typically on the topmost layer and set to overprint.

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WOW! All these wonderful suggestions1 I appreciate them all. I'm actually waiting for the supplier to indicate how they want the file. I just wanted to figure out how to make a layered PDF in case that's what we want. The template isn't just a die line, but I need the supplier to see how I want the art to be positioned. I will keep all these suggestions in mind once I get the go-ahead from my client and instructions from the supplier how they want the file. Maybe I can just give them the packaged InDesign file. I have great respect for this process. I've mostly worked alone for 30+ years. Each project gives me an opportunity to learn something new. It keeps me young!

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