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Michael Mooney
Drop Shadow troubles
on May 15, 2009 at 7:29:30 pm

Hello all,

I am having some issues in regards to printing drop shadows. From my searching, it seems that a lot of people seem to have issues with them.

Here is what is going on;

When I go to print the drop shadow places a rectangular box as long as the text. I have done all the tricks to get rid of this box. I have had much success at this. As many of you know in order to get rid of the boxes you either have to make a PDF, rasterize the individual images, or make it a tiff, jpg etc.

Now my issue comes up when printing after adjusting and getting "rid" of the box, the color is altered. Changing my nice Kelly Greenesque color to a muddy, darker Blueish Green.

Does anyone have any thoughts here??

My brain is tired.

Any help our thoughts would be appreciated.

Cheers!


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Vincent Rosati
Re: Drop Shadow troubles
on May 15, 2009 at 11:36:19 pm

I'm pretty sure I've seen this sort of thing before. I can't say for sure what he issue is in your file.
Are you getting any warnings in the Print Summary?
Maybe try adjusting the Print/Advanced/Overprint setting?
I see a lot of designers use rasterized shadows, to avoid this.

Just a few thoughts.

Vince


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Michael Mooney
Re: Drop Shadow troubles
on May 18, 2009 at 3:13:18 am

Hi Vince,

Thanks for commenting. I rasterized the images that had drop shadows. When I did this, all the color in the file was changed.

The reason I need to print from my eps file is because I am trying to match a color that I have printed previously for a client.

I am thinking about getting rid of the of the drop shadows and placing some black text behind it and bluring it out.
However, I think the blur effect will be give me the same problems the drop shadow has given me.

Any suggestions would be great.


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Vincent Rosati
Re: Drop Shadow troubles
on May 19, 2009 at 2:03:02 pm

If you could post the file, or send it to rosati.v (at) gmail, I could take a look at it.

Vince


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Michael Ibanez
Re: Drop Shadow troubles
on May 31, 2009 at 5:41:17 am

The "rectangular box" around drop-shadows occurs only when printing on desktop printers. I have sent many a files to pre-press without any problems.

My final files have always gone to press without a problem--even though the "rectangular box" showed up in my color separations (from desktop post script printers). As such, I have always treated it as a bug, knowing it would not be rendered at press.

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Michael Mooney
Re: Drop Shadow troubles
on May 31, 2009 at 2:27:13 pm

I wasn't printing on a desktop printer. I am using HP Wide Format printers and I was going through a rip. What I had to do was save the file as an [eps] to preserve the colors (because I was matching a previous job without drop shadows) and when saving there is an option that Illustrator provides to keep as vector or rasterize.
I had to rasterize and color adjust in the rip. I also had to adjust the color of the image (people's skin tones) to counter the rip adjustments.

It was a mighty big pain the a$$. The final results looked great so it was all worth it.


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