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What program are you using to create the PDF?
Hi, thank you for asking, In-design.
Actually, those aren't the outlines of the text frames that are showing in the PDF file.
What is showing are flattening artifacts. Your original InDesign document (and possibly content placed therein) has objects that aren't opaque.
Regrettably, you have exported PDF using the PDF/X-1a joboptions settings. With those joboptions, all transparency is flattened in the PDF file at some particular resolution, often yielding “transparency flattening artifacts” which may show up in PDF display and often in printing as well.
PDF/X-1a is an obsolete ISO printing standard (based on PDF 1.3 which doesn't support live transparency) developed a few years before most RIPs and DFEs could handle live transparency and ICC color managed RGB.
You should be using PDF/X-4 (based on PDF 1.6) which keeps the transparency “live” until the PDF is either displayed on screen or RIPed for printing. You won't get those annoying transparency flattening artifact lines that you see in the PDF file you posted. PDF/X-4 also supports full ICC color management in which non-DeviceCMYK content is converted to the devices actual color space when rendered either to screen or print.
We don't know of any RIP or DFE marketed in the last dozen years or more that cannot handle PDF/X-4 (including live transparency and ICC color management). Regrettably, there are some Luddite print service providers who don't know that, but if you find that type of printer, you should look elsewhere for printing services.
Alternatively, the High Quality Print PDF export settings will also avoid premature transparency flattening.
Thank you for your thorough reply, this was a lot of help! It worked.
If you are using an online printer who requests PDF/X-1a, view the PDF in AcrobatPro’s Output Preview, with the Page Display Smooth Line Art Preference unchecked. The lines are caused by anti-aliasing flattened areas on low res screens:
Thank you! It worked!