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Feathered graphic prints solid -WHY!!!!

Discussion in 'Printing & Print Design Forum:' started by Mandy, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. Mandy

    Mandy New Member

    I hope some one can help me - I have a piece of artwork which isn't printing correctly. I have a white rectangle on the artwork which is feathered around the edges. It straddles a photograph and a solid red banner.

    On my screen it is perfect, when I print from my printer at home it is perfect - when the printer has printed a proof for client checking it feathers correctly over the photograph, but over the banner it prints solid.

    I work in Illustrator CS3. I have no clue why it is doing this or how to rectify

  2. spottypenguin

    spottypenguin Active Member

    Probably being obvious here but have you asked the print firm? I mean it could be something as simple as the printer they are using to proof out can't handle it etc.
  3. Mandy

    Mandy New Member


    It was the first thing I said:icon_smile:! It was weird because there are similar sections and they've printed fine, which is what made me think in the end that it was an artwork issue in those sections. I've since gone back in to the artwork and had a look at the transparencies and I'm hoping that I may have sorted it.

    Won't know until they print another proof!
  4. spottypenguin

    spottypenguin Active Member

    That's good :icon_smile: - even so it could just be blocked printer nozzles / heads; it would seem strange your own printer outputs correctly. Anyhow good luck with it :icon_hug:
  5. spottypenguin

    spottypenguin Active Member

    Also should have said, if your outputting to PDF, the X-4:2008 (0r whatever it is lol, ends in an 8) handles transparency best
  6. Mandy

    Mandy New Member

    Mine only goes up to 2007! Bugger! :icon_lol:

    Anyway, I've taken the digital equivalent of a sledgehammer to it and flattened the transparency and - touch wood - it appears to be playing ball.

    I do like it when curveballs like this happen - I learn more about how my software works. Does help to have people such as yourself to call on when i can't get my head around it! Thank you!
  7. spottypenguin

    spottypenguin Active Member

    Me? :icon_scared: I'm no expert I just knows some things :icon_smile:
  8. Mandy

    Mandy New Member

    Ha ha!! Don't panic! :icon_biggrin:
    Just good to know that there is someone who know's a little more than me who is happy to give a little advice in times of frustration!
  9. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    Is the printer printing the proof from the pre plate rip or just printing the PDF you've sent? It may be something as simple as a memory issue with his printer. I know one of ours doesn't handle graients or text on curves very well but once ripped it's fine.
  10. Mandy

    Mandy New Member

    Hi - as far as I know he's printing from the PDF I sent him. It should work now though - hopefully! I found that the transparency in the PDF format did chuck a wobbler. He's keeping an eye on it anyway and I know what to look for now too. Either that or I just steer well clear of feathering!

    Thanks for your advice though, bigdave - much appreciated! :icon_biggrin:

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