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Enthusiast ,
May 14, 2024 May 14, 2024

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Hello,

In Indesign, if I open a multipage PDF, is it possible to remove its background (by using Indesign only) ?

In that case, I would like to remove this yellow background :

 

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May 14, 2024 May 14, 2024

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You'll need Photoshop for that.

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May 14, 2024 May 14, 2024

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No.

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May 14, 2024 May 14, 2024

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As said, not in InDesign, but it should be realtively easy to do in Photoshop with either a levels or threshhold adjustment layer.

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May 14, 2024 May 14, 2024

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Related post:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat-discussions/remove-background-in-acrobat-pro/m-p/14617509#M46...


By @Luke Jennings3

 

You mean posted by the OP in Acrobat forum - using exactly the same image?

 

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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Yes, the OP posted similar questions in the Photoshop, Acrobat & InDesign forums using the same image.

Interesting solution using layers & Effects, good example of thinking outside the box.

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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[...] 

Interesting solution using layers & Effects, good example of thinking outside the box.


By @Luke Jennings3

 

Thanks. 

 

But I'm not sure if it will print correctly... Acrobat is able to display it - but PS CS6 64bit - can't raster it correctly... 

 

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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If it can display correctly in Acrobat, it should print correctly, you may need to flatten the pdf first.

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Enthusiast ,
May 14, 2024 May 14, 2024

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In fact, I have not Photoshop to do the job. Personally, I would prefer to do it completely in Acrobat (as the score is in a PDF), but I was wondering if InDesign could do it. It seems that it is not possible in Indesign

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May 14, 2024 May 14, 2024

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Are there layers in the pdf?

 

If so and the background layer is the yellow then you can turn off that layer in the pdf in InDesign.

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/import-layers-of-pdf-in-indesign/m-p/11913142

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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Unfortunately, there is no layers in the PDF :

 

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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The link to the other thread explains how to remove it. And I see you don't have Photoshop. But there other free image editors that can also do this, like Gimp or online photo editors.

 

And I'm sure you will find many tutorials online to remove the background.

 

InDesign does have image editing capabilities. It's a layout and design software to incorporate elements into a page layout and it's up to the user to ensure images prepared correctly and inserted to the layout for the purpose.

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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In fact, I have not Photoshop to do the job. [...]


By @pierret18811376

 

So you have InDesign but not the whole Adobe CC?

 

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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It is possible to do it in InDesign:

 

RobertatIDTasker_1-1715764816027.png

 

No external software has been used.

 

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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Good job

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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Good job


By @Eugene Tyson

 

Attached is IDML file and PDF - INDD is 61MB - as Image is embedded.

 

There are multiple copies of the original image - placed on top of each other:

RobertatIDTasker_0-1715767651669.png

 

The bottom Rectangle - is filled with "[Black]" color and Transparency set as:

RobertatIDTasker_1-1715767799314.png

 

 

Each copy of the image - Transparency:

RobertatIDTasker_2-1715767826260.png

 

Satin:

RobertatIDTasker_3-1715767837050.png

 

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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Ah, that is HIDING the colour background, not removing it 😉

 

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Ah, that is HIDING the colour background, not removing it 😉

 


By @Frans v.d. Geest

 

Hiding / removing - who cares, as long as it's "not visible" 😉 

 

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Ah, that is HIDING the colour background, not removing it 😉

 

By @Frans v.d. Geest

 

The biggest bonus - no need to waste time on editing AND you keep the original intact - just place, apply ObjectStyle, duplicate few times, done - easy to automate with my tool - either on a current selection or multiple links already placed or when placing from a folder. 

 

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That's certainly clever, but the results from converting to grayscale and adding a levels layer in Photoshop are far superior, in my opinion. You've lost a fair number of edge pixels and hairline segments, and it's still in color so printing is gioing to be less crisp.

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That's certainly clever, but the results from converting to grayscale and adding a levels layer in Photoshop are far superior, in my opinion. You've lost a fair number of edge pixels and hairline segments, and it's still in color so printing is gioing to be less crisp.


By @Peter Spier

 

Yes, you are right, doing it - in Photoshop or something like that - is the only correct way. 

 

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@Peter Spier 

 

To be honest, my first attempt was only partially successful - I've only stacked images - and it looked good - but then I've turned on overprint preview - and zonk - back to brown. 

 

Then, I've added this black rectangle at the bottom - it worked. 

 

Maybe my laptop is too slow, but when I open this PDF in Acrobat - I can see "layering" - images being added and color changing. 

 

Then there is a problem in Photoshop - it can't raster it correctly... In CMYK it's like there is only one image so no effect at all - and in RGB it's still brownish - or vice versa. 

 

So who knows how it will print - on a desktop printer and what RIP will produce ... 

 

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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@Robert at ID-Tasker 

I send you the original PDF file in order you could have the best quality file.

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@Robert at ID-Tasker 

I send you the original PDF file in order you could have the best quality file.


By @pierret18811376

 

Sorry for no reply.

 

I think @Marc Autret's reply is spot on and you should go with it.

 

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