You dont need transparency when printing (a print has no transparency) so quite many prints shops require you to flatten the transparency. If you want to save it as a flattened file, i.e. a file that no longer contains layers, then you just need to uncheck the ‘Create Acrobat Layers from. That’s why it defaults to PDF version (the equivalent of PostScript, one might say), making it necessary to flatten transparency, with all kinds of mysterious.

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If the artwork contains overprinted objects that interact with transparent objects, in Illustrator, select an option from the Overprints menu.

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Transparency flattening cannot be undone after the file is saved. Basically all the reasons that existed when it was first introduced. By flattening the artwork you make the artowrk harder to compromize.

However when it goes to print, either through IA or InDesign where I’ve also set the flattener setting to hi-resthe outline of a box is present surrounding the cut-out image.

Finally, open the Layers panel menu by clicking the dropdown arrow in the top right corner, and choose “Merge Selected”. Is this what you’re after? Depending on the dialog box, you can type a name in the Name text box or accept the default. Highlights text and strokes that have rasterized fills as a result of flattening. I don’t want to do it manually selecting every item, but I would like the export to come out flattened.


Select a preset in the list. This may have flatgen slightly different name or location depending on your version of Illustrator, Adobe have a habit of moving these things around. Either choose a preset or, if available, set specific options. This option reduces stitching artifacts that result when part of an object is rasterized while another part of the object remains in vector form. This instantly and completely flattens the document where any text or object will no longer be selectable or editable.

Ensures that the illjstrator between vector artwork and rasterized artwork fall along object paths. I am new to Illustrator. About us Case Studies Gallery Contact us. When including, say, a cut-out image from Photoshop in my Illustrator doent, I get a “box outline” around the cut-out image when printed.

If a printer, client, or supplier is requesting flattened artwork then they are not using Illustrator. The PDF file can flatgen flattened upon save without affecting the native Illustrator art. Subscribe to our trwnsparency Sign up using Facebook. Can you explain what you mean by “Flatten”? If you used Save A Copy, then the original Illustrator file is unaffected and your transparency effects are safe. The printed should be able to flatten the transparency using Acrobats production tools.


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By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms illustratoe Service. Similar things happens when sketch users export to AI and sometines the other way around.

Then Save the File as eps. Highlights all linked EPS files that are affected by transparency.

This option ensures that the width of strokes stays consistent during flattening. When you scroll down through the information, iillustrator should have two lines saying: A printer can also use the print dialog to flatten the transparency as well using the same settings and you can safely send a pdf to the printer as well.

Set transparency flattening options for printing.

How do I flatten a transparency in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Specifies the name of the preset. I have to provide a ‘flattened’ image. But nothing seemed to happen not sure if I should see any activity at this stage. Thnx for the input guys, gives me a great deal of useful info for other purposes and in genereal, but I am hoping someone is able to.