Ok, two things. I am not sure how i've managed to use indesign for as long as I have without running into this issue before - I suppose I just never exported much color/transparency from it. Anyway - 2 problems. 1. when I export an indesign document to a PDF - if I have ANY text or image with a drop shadow - it will export so the PDF shows a box around the image. AKA a color (white on colors - or grey on a white background) will go up to the edge of the frame of that. It only happens on images or text with drop shadow so far. There is NO color in the frame at all in the indesign document and it only shows up when I export it to a pdf. 2. transparencies aren't showing up when I export a PDF either. IE: when I have a document with a layered background with some transparent shapes (or 50% or whatever) they show up just fine in the document, but when exported the colors show up a lot darker and solid. does anyone know how to keep either of these from happening? I need PDFs that show as close to how they will print as possible. I'd love to find a step by step answer for this - is there settings I need to change when i export? I am using InDesign CS5 on a mac. Thanks!