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Lesson 15. Using Adobe Acrobat for Profe... > Working with transparency

Working with transparency

Adobe applications offer the ability to modify objects in ways that can affect the underlying artwork, creating the appearance of transparency. This can be accomplished by using the Transparency palette's opacity slider in applications such as InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop, or by changing the blending mode in a layer or with an object selected. Transparency works across Adobe applications, and you need to be aware of a variety of settings and preparation steps before printing documents containing transparency.

Previewing transparency

When printing, objects with transparency are broken down, so any overlapping objects are converted into either separate vector shapes or rasterized pixels. This retains the look of the transparency. This process of converting transparent objects into vectors and pixels is referred to as flattening. Flattening essentially eliminates the transparency while maintaining its appearance.


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