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Stroke PDF'ing weird-help!!

Discussion in 'Adobe Forum:' started by kate_d, May 27, 2009.

  1. kate_d

    kate_d New Member

    Hi all

    I have a problem and google hasnt been able to tell me the answer so i need some of your help please :)

    I have made up a background pattern for a leaflet I am doing. The pattern is a solid colour, then over the top is a pattern, made up by the pen tool in indesign, its a simple stroke pattern. The stroke was originally at 0.5. Viewing in indesign at high quality display, the pattern looks nice and works well with type over the top of it. However, when I exported the leaflet the pattern comes out much, much too heavy than it really is, making the text hard to read.

    I made the stroke 0.05 and still its exporting the same weight. When I print the leaflet off, it prints at the true weight of the very light 0.05. This wouldnt be a problem, but the leaflet needs to be viewed online as well.

    I have also tried making the pattern a pdf, then dropping into the background but its still doing the same. And I have tried exporting as hight quality print and smallest file size yet the pattern still looks very heavy on the PDF.

    I hope this makes sense! Please can you help? I have run out of ideas :( Thank you in advance
     
  2. pcbranding

    pcbranding Member

    Outlined text with very fine, small point size lettering also renders quite heavily on screen, but outputs perfectly - I think it's just one of those things!

    Not sure there's a solution other than possibly rasterising your pattern and then importing it as an image.
     
  3. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    I think it is just one of those things too, as mentioned above something similar happens with the letter "I" and "L" when converted to outlines, for some reason in the PDF they look really bold and stand out, however, when printed they are fine and like they should be.

    The thread was here > http://www.graphicdesignforums.co.uk/adobe-forum/537-strange-ls-pdf.html
     
  4. kate_d

    kate_d New Member

    oh sorry, i mean the pattern comes out too bold the text is ok though its just the pattern
     
  5. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    We're saying that maybe it is a similar bug to the text issue (unless somebody knows otherwise :icon_dunno:), as pcbranding says...rasterizing the pattern should sort this problem out for viewing purposes.
     
  6. dot design

    dot design Member

    I'm guessing you'll be getting a proof so I'd just double check that to see if any problems maybe.
     
  7. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah, better to be safe than sorry.
     
  8. designer01

    designer01 Member

    Maybe reduce the opacity of the pattern, knock the pattern back, then the type will stand out more.

    Regards


    Greg
     
  9. NeedForBleed

    NeedForBleed Member

    Maybe as a last resort, export as an EPS, and import into illustrator, then save as a TIFF.
    Or firstly (importing into illustrator again), see if you get a better result by using the outline stroke feature (object/path/outlinestroke) on the layer with the 0.5 stroke, then try again with the pdf method.

    Although it does sound very much like the pdf problem mentioned above. You could even try tweaking the pdf options, rather than saving at high quality, set it to custom settings. Just a few possible suggestions. :icon_smile:
     

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