I'm exporting an ID file to PDF to send to printer. I have exported this same file many times without issue. This is a two page file for a brochure, that has a die-cut. I placed an EPS file of the die-cut line on a separate layer so the printer could turn it on/off or print separately as needed. Now, suddenly, when I export the file to PDF the die-line shows up with a white fill, totally blocking everything beneath it??? This never happened before. I've tried 10 different solutions and all produce the same thing.
Why EPS? It's an archaic format. Open it in Illustrator, save as PDF and place that.
Be sure to show options and choose transparent background.
One more thought. Is that die a spot color? Are you exporting to PDF/X1-a?
Thanks for your reply. I tried exporting the dieline from Illustrator as a PDF, but it creates no preview of the line??? It just comes in blank. But when I export the ID file to PDF, the die line shows up for a split second as the PDF is previewing. The die-line has no fill. I was just using a 100% magenta 1pt stroke.
I'm gonna try using a spot color for the stroke and see if that helps.
The plot thickens…
As I said, the EPS and PDF files are coming in with no preview. So I gave the die-line a spot color fill and exported from Illustrator as EPS and PDF. Neither of the file came in with a preview. So to me the problem seems to lie with Illustrator?
Should I export as PDF/X1-a?
Bob, again, thanks for your efforts. Out of desperation, I recreated the illustrator file. Apparently the file had become corrupt, which is why it was not generating a preview. Both the EPS and PDF versions of the new file worked fine.