Re: [artworks] PDF: When black isn't really black

  • From: Clive Bonsall <C.Bonsall@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: artworks@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 09 May 2006 14:08:44 +0100

Martin Wuerthner wrote:

In message <44607CEB.6040605@xxxxxxxx>
          Clive Bonsall <C.Bonsall@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

Samuel Kock wrote:

----- Original Message ----- From: "Clive Bonsall" <C.Bonsall@xxxxxxxx>
To: <artworks@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 1:00 PM
Subject: Re: [artworks] PDF: When black isn't really black

Well, you might have told me how. It's just taken me 30 seconds to
work it out ... Object>Flatten transparency first, then it works.
Perhaps it's time to buy a manual for CS2 -- all this trial and error
stuff is doing my head in ;)

Uhm, that is just because I have never edited a PDF with transparency in CS2, so I did not know about that option! Thanks for letting us know about it, though, for future reference... :)

Neither have I, knowingly that is ... Whenever I export files from AW2 to Illustrator, they invariably contain hatch fills.

Hatch fills are exported as individual shapes, so they are irrelevant.

That's what I would have expected ...

I wouldn't have expected the "flatten transparency" option in CS2 to
apply. However, this seems to be the only way I can make an AW2 PDF
editable in Illustrator. Perhaps Martin can offer an explanation?

Sorry, I have never even seen Illustrator CS2.> Martin

On further investigation, the "editability" of PDFs seems to depend on how the file is loaded/imported into CS2. For instance ...

Right-Click on the PDF file > Open With > Adobe Illustrator CS2 results in an error message: "Path ... file.pdf is not a valid Win32 application" -- and the file will not load into Illustrator.

"Place" the PDF into a new Illustrator CS2 document -- the PDF will load but is not editable until you "Flatten transparency"

Load Illustrator CS2 first, then "Open > file.pdf" and the PDF is editable straight away.

All very strange ... and now somewhat off topic!
Clive Bonsall

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