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White box showing up behind .ai file in InDesign. There should not be a white box. It should be transparent.

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May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017

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I have a vector logo that I downloaded from Brands of the World. Dropped it into InDesign on top of an image and there is a white box. So I opened it in Illustrator and made sure there was no white background on the image. I couldn't see one, so I copied the logo and dropped it into a new AI file to make sure there weren't any background layers or something from the original. Saved that and dropped into InDesign. Same deal. So I went back into AI and put a box behind the logo and colored it to make sure there was nothing weird going on with the logo. Sure enough, it's transparent. But I can't get it to be transparent in InDesign. And yes, I do have Display Performance set to High Quality Display. Any ideas why it would show transparent in AI and not in ID? Both programs are up to date CC.

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Adobe Community Professional , May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017
Place the file and make sure to activate the import options: there you can turn on  the Tranparent background option.

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Jul 30, 2021 Jul 30, 2021

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The other reason the the .ai file may appear with a white background in InDesign is if its creator failed to check the Create PDF Compatible File in the Illustrator Options Save dialog, shown here.

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