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    Lightbulb PDF export: Flatten all overlapping bitmaps with transperences

    hi,

    i have some artworks with several overlapping bitmaps with transperences and other effects which i have to export to PDF.

    in order to make the pdf smaller and simpler, i mark the bitmaps,
    make a bitmapcopy and than export the page to pdf,

    is ther anyway to make it within pdf export?
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    Default Re: PDF export: Flatten all overlapping bitmaps with transperences

    I think what you are doing is the best, and the safest way.

    If you have modified a photo, you can click Arrange > Flatten Photo Group. This creates a single bitmap and adds all the changes.
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    Default Re: PDF export: Flatten all overlapping bitmaps with transperences

    I export multi-layered maps with varying types of transparencies applied that don't require the flattened state. When I export them to PDF or PSD formats, I get an error message stating that some of the transparency effects won't translate - and I never have any problems, they all translate to PDF or PSD no problem. My PDFs go to commercial printing houses, and my PSD go to publishers - and they never complain about the files I send. So an error message with no real purpose.

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    Default Re: PDF export: Flatten all overlapping bitmaps with transperences

    Quote Originally Posted by Gamerprinter View Post
    I export multi-layered maps with varying types of transparencies applied that don't require the flattened state. When I export them to PDF or PSD formats, I get an error message stating that some of the transparency effects won't translate - and I never have any problems, they all translate to PDF or PSD no problem. My PDFs go to commercial printing houses, and my PSD go to publishers - and they never complain about the files I send. So an error message with no real purpose.
    so if PDF and PSD exports work the message has no purpose... humm there are other senarios you know
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    Default Re: PDF export: Flatten all overlapping bitmaps with transperences

    No, it's I've exported to PSD/PDF this way from Xara for years, never had a problem. In XDP 11, which I have, the error suddenly came up and I feared the problem, as I didn't want to move to a different application, but upon sending the file the PSD to Photoshop and it read fine, and having sent PDFx1a files to commercial printers from Xara, both no problem - but the error always shows up right before export.

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    Default Re: PDF export: Flatten all overlapping bitmaps with transperences

    is it an error message or just a warning that it might not work ?

    not all transparencies will export under all cicumstances

    the message I dislike most is the one that tells me that my imported PNG would be better converted to a JPG, because that is just inane unless of course the program is psychic
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    Default Re: PDF export: Flatten all overlapping bitmaps with transperences

    I think it's a warning that it may not work - it works though. Agree on the point of PNG conversion to JPG, since I most often import PNG with Alpha channel transparency applied - JPG doesn't do transparency.

 

 

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