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Help! Images displaying Inverted / Negative

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Jun 04, 2019 Jun 04, 2019

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Hi all,

A selection of images in one of my working InDesign docs has seemed to inverted / turned negative. I'm unsure of how this happened and am eager to revert it. Have attached examples of how the images should appear (with white background) vs how they are appearing now (black background). When exporting to a PDF the images are appearing correctly, just not within the working InDesign file. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you

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Jun 04, 2019 Jun 04, 2019

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What format are the problem images? If opened in Photoshop do they have layers? Try saving as other formats, such as PSD or TIF. Also, if they are layered, see if they work when flattened. If flattening make sure you save under a new name.

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Jun 05, 2019 Jun 05, 2019

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Hi emmaw35609789 ,

hm. Looking at your screenshot you may have transparent pixels with your placed images.

So the black background would look through.

To correct this:

Select the graphic frames holding the images and apply [Paper] as fill color.

Regards,
Uwe

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Jan 12, 2024 Jan 12, 2024

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Hello!  It's a bit late but I ran into this exact same problem AND FOUND the cause of it.

 

I had three B&W photos in a 3oo page book whose PDF turned fine on the first opening, then on any subsequent, these images wehre inverted White&Black.  All are PSD files. So, I re-openened each file, flattened all layers ... Same issue !!!

Then I figured out that for only these images, the "content" was larger than the "frame". Instead of cropping the image under Photoshop, I got lazy and shrunk their frame on my pages.

 

I've reopened each of them under Photoshop, cropping them to the exact part of the image I wanted to place.

Now the exported PDF is fine.  So. No probleme with shrinking or expanding an image. However, the image must exactly fit its frame (Command-Shift-Option-E, then Command-Option-C).

Hope it helps others here.

 

Rgds,

Thierry

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