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Graphic frame: can't make background transparent

Community Beginner ,
Jan 24, 2021 Jan 24, 2021

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Hi! INDD user of many years here, but this problem is new to me:

I imported a vector image from Illustrator. The frame in INDD is transparent, and there's no white background to my imported vector. But there's a white background in the image when I import into INDD.
In attached image, I circled the frame with the white background - needs to have a transparent background.
Any clues why? Thanks so much in advance!

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 24, 2021 Jan 24, 2021
When you choose File > Place and select the Illustrator file, choose Show Import Options. In the resulting Place PDF dialog (InDesign uses PDF for a preview), check Transparent Background as shown above.

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Jan 24, 2021 Jan 24, 2021

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When you choose File > Place and select the Illustrator file, choose Show Import Options.

 

Screen Shot 2021-01-24 at 8.33.42 PM.png

 

In the resulting Place PDF dialog (InDesign uses PDF for a preview), check Transparent Background as shown above.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 25, 2021 Jan 25, 2021

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Steve, that was a lifesaver - thank you very much. I must have un-clicked that option by accident at some point.

Really appreciate it! Have a great week!

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May 05, 2021 May 05, 2021

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i have imported a jpeg with a white background into my indd doc. i cannot figure out how to remove the background to transparent. i read your help from January, but it is just not working for me. please advise. many thanks.

 

 

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May 05, 2021 May 05, 2021

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Hi Kim from Kansas
the screenshot above is for PDF/Illustrator files.

For jpegs or any other kind of image file you need to look into Photoshop and how to remove backgrounds there.

There are a dozen ways: From easy to complex, from good to bad – all depending on the image you have.

If you just need a quick fix – set the image in the InDesign Effects panel to Multipy.
BUT this will literaly multiply ALL colors with the background you have. So if you have a e.g. gray object within the image on a blue background, that gray object becomes also blueish.

Keep that in mind – multiply is affecting the whole image, not just the white background.

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