Saving in PDF makes text appear black when pictures inserted

nuviman's picture

Hello! Please if anyone could help with my bug. I'm using InDesign CS 5.5 now, but same thing happens also when I'm trying to save a Word document as a PDF file (MS Word 2010).
This happens only when I insert pictures into a page. Saving in PDF makes text appear black when pictures inserted. Please see the attached pictures of normal text and abnormal text in case of a picture inserted. I also have Acrobat X Pro installed. I have no printers connected to my PC.
Please if anyone could tell me how to fix this bug?
Thanks a lot in advance!

Bert Vanderveen's picture

This is something that will happen in InDesign (don’t know about Word) when text-areas touch and/or overlap images and is caused by ‘flattening’. To solve this most designers place text in a separate layer on top,

nuviman's picture

I have just tried to put the text layer on top of other layers in Layers panel but same bug. Any more suggestions please?

nina's picture

Does it make a difference if the picture is RGB or CMYK?

nuviman's picture

Same bug for RGB and CMYK. It looks like transparency issue. My pictures have transparency enabled and they are in PNG format. I have just tried to save a picture in jpeg format and use it in InDesign instead of PNG picture and it fixed the problem. Is there any way how can I use PNG picture files as I need to convert lots of PNGs to JPEGs to solve this problem of bold black text appearance. Is there any workaround? Thank you.

Justin_Ch's picture

What happens with a PNG that isn't transparent?

nuviman's picture

Okay, it looks like the only solution is to insert PNG files without transparency enabled in them, this works. So I will recreate all 500+ pictures manually with transparency disabled.

Thank you all for the tips guys! Looks like the problem is solved now.

nina's picture

Oh, man. Hope you can batch process those in Photoshop. Glad it got cleared up though.

poms's picture

Try to save it (transparent RGB png and color-Key text) in Acrobat 4.0-Format (Adobe PDF 1.3). But pay attention if it harms your transparent pictures.

Counterform's picture

For me works fine. Maybe it's a bug of your InDesign copy or a problem related to the font.
I don't know… try to put subset font at 0% and see if it still happens.

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