View Full Version : Drop Shadow with transparency export for Quark ???

Jul 7, 2008, 11:52 AM
I'm trying to export some text from illustrator CS3 with a drop shadow for use in QuarkXPress but cannot get it to export with the transparency, all I get is either a white box or white round the shadow.
Any help would be great!

Jul 7, 2008, 02:18 PM
what kind of file are you exporting for illo/placing into quark?

Jul 7, 2008, 02:27 PM
exporting as a TIFF or saving as EPS.

Jul 7, 2008, 03:31 PM
Sorry, I don't have a current copy of QuarkXPress. Try saving as PDF. (It works across CS3 suite.)

Jul 7, 2008, 04:01 PM
i need to place the TIFF or EPS into a picture box, Its something thats going wrong whilst exporting the shadow from illustrator i think.

Blue Velvet
Jul 7, 2008, 04:19 PM
Assuming you're using v7, QuarkXpress does not support transparency on the outsides of EPS files where rasterised effects like drop shadows occur, as far I know. Although you can import layered TIFFs, even if the background layer is set to transparent in Photoshop, it will still come in as a white box, or even worse, with a clipped and opaque edge around the drop shadow.

If you have Xpress 7, you could do your drop shadow within Quark itself, or if you have v6 or below, do the composite using a work round by exporting your Quark background as an EPS and placing that into your EPS with the type. Similarly, you can do the same within Photoshop which at least will output reliably, albeit by rasterising everything. Type within Photoshop should be rasterised at a minimum of 600ppi (1200-2400ppi preferred) if it's going to press.

I would suggest work rounds with PDFs except Quark is notoriously fussy about PDF import at higher PDF versions, piece of poo that it can be.

QuarkXpress v8 (due out soon) should be an improvement with EPS and native AI handling, but that's cold comfort right now. Alternatively, depending on the scale of the project, lay it all out in Illustrator or InDesign if it's a single page. You can export what you have in Quark as an EPS and use that as a basis for continuing on with it in a different app.

Jul 8, 2008, 03:58 AM
Thanks for your help. Good explanation :)
Will flatten the shadow with the text and background and import it as one EPS.