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Chapter 94. Think Outside the Box: Trans... > Transparency Must Be Flattened

Transparency Must Be Flattened

When it comes time to print, the beautiful transparent effects that you’ve created must be sent to a machine which doesn’t know what transparency is. PostScript—the language spoken by most laser printers, imagesetters, and platesetters—only understands objects which are completely opaque. So InDesign (or any application which works natively with transparency) must take the transparent objects and break them into lots of different non-transparent pieces; this process is called flattening. The result is a single opaque page that comes out of the printer.

You can control the way flattening occurs by choosing a transparency flattener style, which we discuss below.


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