Looking for some Indesign output help
Posted 14 April 2005 - 07:37 PM
Posted 14 April 2005 - 08:45 PM
I'd be glad to help if I can. Post here or email me if it's easier.
Posted 14 April 2005 - 09:14 PM
You can see on side 2 where the overprints are not being output correctly (white halo around text elements).
Anyways, any insight on how to set this up to output will be appreciated.
Posted 15 April 2005 - 12:20 AM
I have found better compatibility with effects that way.
Are you overprinting the ink, or using transparency in AI?
Posted 15 April 2005 - 06:33 AM
There is overprinting (which I think is handled the same way as transparency) and one small bit of transparency that has been rasterized.
I've now come up with a workflow that will have me rasterize all the overprinting stuff in Photoshop and add it to my TIFF background (we've discussed this approach before). I hate rasterizing vectors when I should not have to, but this thing also needs to get printed in a couple of weeks and I need to figure out if the printer will be able to handle these files.
Posted 15 April 2005 - 08:45 AM
I'll try and play around with a simple file that tries to reproduce your conditions and see if I come up with anything else.
Posted 15 April 2005 - 12:30 PM
As has been noted elsewhere as cartographers we use such a small amount of the features of these graphic programs, but those features we do use weren't ever meant to be used as heavily as we do.
Posted 15 April 2005 - 04:01 PM
. We use AI 10 with PDF compatibility while working on the InDesign file and then at the end do a final replace with the EPS. Although there have been cases where everything worked well, more often than not overprints worked like InDesign wanted them to, not like what we had defined in the original AI file.
What file format are you providing to your printer, are you delivering the ID files or exporting to PDF or EPS? Who is doing the file swapping and at which stage.
What kind of overprinting chages have you seen?
Posted 18 April 2005 - 12:27 PM
When working with an InDesignCS file we "package" the native .indd file with any Illustrator files in AI EPS 8. We send the entire package folder to the service bureau.
When sending a full map side that is Illustrator only we send an AI EPS 8 file only (the service bureau has our fonts on file).
As far as the swapping of the files from working version AI 10 to EPS we do that just prior to the final package, or printing of separations on our DesignJet to check for overprint issues.
The kinds of problems we have typically seen show up as changes in the overprinting when we don't use EPS or when we get someone not paying attention at the service bureau. Typically they consist of type knocking out fills (we almost always set all type to overprint) or anything that we set to overprint.
Now the possibility could be in the output process that the bureau is using, old versions of software or even hardware, Ican't address that part of the issue at all.
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