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Gradient colors- why don't they show up in a PDF?
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: June 24, 2008 04:14PM
I'm attempting to create a basic note pad in InDesign (CS3) for our business. I've placed a couple of boxes in the design that have a gradient color applied (i.e., orange fading out to white). These print fine, but when I go to Edit: Adobe PDF Preset: [Press Quality], the resulting PDF shows only solid colors.

Given that it's this PDF that I'm sending to the printer, I just can't think this is correct. I'm using the default Press Quality. Am I doing something incorrectly?



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Re: Gradient colors- why don't they show up in a PDF?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: June 24, 2008 04:20PM
Where are you finding "Edit: Adobe PDF Preset:"?

What are you previewing the PDF in?




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Re: Gradient colors- why don't they show up in a PDF?
Posted by: DRR
Date: June 24, 2008 04:50PM
What PDF version are you using?
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Re: Gradient colors- why don't they show up in a PDF?
Posted by: jesse
Date: June 24, 2008 04:55PM
I tried it using the same pdf preset and it works fine. I'm using ID CS3 and Acrobat Pro 8 to view it.

I also tried viewing with Acrobat Reader 7 and gradient look fine.



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Re: Gradient colors- why don't they show up in a PDF?
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: June 24, 2008 06:21PM
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M A V I C
Where are you finding "Edit: Adobe PDF Preset:"?

What are you previewing the PDF in?
I think he may mbe referring to the "Adobe PDF Preset" menu under the "File" menu; that would take him to the Export dialog box to save a PDF.
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Re: Gradient colors- why don't they show up in a PDF?
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: June 24, 2008 06:51PM
Oh, this is too weird.

If I open the PDF in Preview, here's what I see:

No gradients!

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But if I open it in Review, here's

The gradients are there.

I've never seen this behavior before. Completely baffled.



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Re: Gradient colors- why don't they show up in a PDF?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: June 24, 2008 07:23PM
Yeah, you have to use Acrobat.

Sort of like opening a Word Doc in Text Edit and expecting to see everything as you see it in Word.




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Re: Gradient colors- why don't they show up in a PDF?
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: June 24, 2008 09:33PM
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M A V I C
Yeah, you have to use Acrobat.

Sort of like opening a Word Doc in Text Edit and expecting to see everything as you see it in Word.
Not unless it's a glitch in Preview in Leopard. I'm running Tiger and created two gradients similar to the ones shown in ID CS3, exported the page to a PDF using the "Press Quality" default settings, and they look fine in both Acrobat Reader and Preview.

I'm wondering how the gradients were created and if there's possibly a preference in Preview, smoothing or something like that, that might be a problem.
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Re: Gradient colors- why don't they show up in a PDF?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: June 24, 2008 11:56PM
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Blankity Blank
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M A V I C
Yeah, you have to use Acrobat.

Sort of like opening a Word Doc in Text Edit and expecting to see everything as you see it in Word.
Not unless it's a glitch in Preview in Leopard. I'm running Tiger and created two gradients similar to the ones shown in ID CS3, exported the page to a PDF using the "Press Quality" default settings, and they look fine in both Acrobat Reader and Preview.

I'm wondering how the gradients were created and if there's possibly a preference in Preview, smoothing or something like that, that might be a problem.

I've created dozens of things in InDesign that don't display properly as PDFs in Preview.




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Re: Gradient colors- why don't they show up in a PDF?
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: June 25, 2008 07:30AM
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I've created dozens of things in InDesign that don't display properly as PDFs in Preview.
Any pattern to it? CS3? Any particular mix of elements that goes @#$%&? At work, CS2 PDFs and Preview get along fine with all kinds of files we create and files get from clients. And, so far, no problems at home with CS3; though I haven't tried it with anywhere near as many files as at work.

Just for grins, I tried PDFs with gradients made in CS3 Illustrator and Photoshop and those open fine in Preview, and the same with a CS2 file with over 200 EPS vector files that contain all kinds of gradient fills. Now I'm curious.
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