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Touchy Transparency

Where's the Transparency?

A few of the page icons in my Pages palette are showing that gray-and-white checkerboard pattern indicating there's transparency on the page. As far as I know I didn't set or place anything with transparency there, so where is this coming from? I can't tell by looking at the page, everything looks 100% opaque to me.


Many people don't realize that adding a drop shadow or using feathering adds transparency. Similarly, a PSD, AI, or PDF file that you imported may include transparency without you knowing it. To figure out where the transparency is, open the Flattener Preview palette (Window >Output > Flattener Preview) and choose Transparent Objects from its Highlight menu. Any object on the page that has transparency applied willappear with a red overlay, all the other objects will appear as a light screen of gray (Figure 8-11). Change the Highlight back to None to turn off the preview.



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