White box or color wash prints around transparent objects


When you print an Adobe InDesign document, a white box or color wash appears around transparent objects (for example, text with a drop shadow or an object with feathered edges).


Do one or more of the following:

Solution 1: Rasterize the PostScript.

If the issue you're seeing is related to a placed EPS file that should have a transparent background, choose Rasterize the PostScript when you place the EPS file in InDesign.

1. In InDesign, choose File > Place and select the Illustrator EPS file.

2. In the Place dialog box, check the Show Import Options check box.

3. In the EPS Import Options dialog, choose Rasterize the PostScript in the Proxy Generation section.

4. Place the image.

Solution 2: Resave the EPS file with a TIFF preview.

1. In Illustrator, choose File > Save As.

2. Choose Format > Illustrator EPS (Mac OS) or Save As Type > Illustrator EPS (Windows) menu and click Save.

3. Choose TIFF (8-bit Color) from the Preview Format menu and click OK.

Solution 3: Disable Color Correction options in your printer.

Disable the Color Correction options in your printer driver (for example, Vivid Color, Intelligent Color).

Note: The dialog boxes and options for your printer may differ from those listed below, depending on the printer driver you use.

On Windows:

1. In the Print dialog box, click Setup.

2. Click the General tab, and then click Preferences.

3. In the Printing Preferences dialog box, click Advanced.

4. In the Printer Driver dialog box, click Printer Features, and then click Color Correction.

5. Choose None from the pop-up menu.

On Mac OS:

1. In the Print dialog box, click Printer.

2. Choose Printer Features from the Custom Setting pop-up menu.

3. Choose None from the Color Correction pop-up menu.

Solution 4: Select the Newspaper Halftone option.

If your PPD file supports Newspaper Halftone, select the Newspaper Halftone option instead of the Continuous Halftone option in the Print dialog box.

Background information

Resaving the EPS with a TIFF preview or rasterizing the PostScript in InDesign will prevent the white box or color wash from appearing.

Some printer drivers include color correction options that process raster data differently than vector data. These options can cause the printer to add a white box or color wash to transparent areas that are rasterized for print.

Additional Information

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