Issue printing transparent images from InDesign PDF Export

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May 19, 2022 May 19, 2022

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Hello! 

I am attempting to print the final version of my document, but when I try to print, the mostly transparent images in the background don't print. They show up fine in the PDF I exported from InDesign, but they won't actually print on paper. Is there something I can change in the export settings or about the file that will let this print correctly?

 

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May 19, 2022 May 19, 2022

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  1. Do you print from the PDF or from InDesign?
  2. Why do you use PNG? Those are not good for print.

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It's best to print from a PDF produced via InDesign rather than printing directly from InDesign.

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May 19, 2022 May 19, 2022

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Do they show when you turn on Overprint Preview in InDesign?

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May 19, 2022 May 19, 2022

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Your PDF prints fine for me. The trees definitely show up.

 

I see nothing technically wrong with the file either.

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What is the printer? (brand/model). It could be a setting/calibration issue with your printer

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Also, when there is a problem with the print driver as Brad suggests (it’s not handling transparency flattening or color management correctly) sometimes flattening a PDF into a uniform color space can help.

 

There isn’t a problem with using PNGs—both PNGs in your file got exported at the same Effective Resolution, bit-depth, and color space as the linked files. PDF images don’t have a file format.

 

Try this Export>Output setting and print from Acrobat with Print As Image checked:

 

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I would change your tree art to grayscale (instead of RGB) and put it under the other elements. The opacity of the tree can be seen as a ghosted line on the circle logo.

Edit, also, add bleed, if needed.

ghost line.png

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