Coloured box around graphics when printing PDFs

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Gazelle85, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. Gazelle85 macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2015
    Hi there,

    I'm working on a brochure in InDesign at the moment, and on screen, when exported to PDF it all looks fine.

    However, when I print out on a normal laserjet printer I get faint coloured boxes around the graphics.

    I have tried flattening etc which doesn't seem to have made a difference.

    My question is whether it is more to do with the printer? So when I send it to the production house to print properly, perhaps this problem won't occur?

    Thank you
  2. superscape macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2008
    East Riding of Yorkshire, UK
    Hi there,

    Without seeing your file(s) I can't be 100% sure about anything. However, I'd suspect that if your PDF looks okay and your InDesign document looks okay then the weirdness is probably coming from your inkjet.

    If you're in any doubt, I'd strongly suggest that you ask your production people to supply you with a proof before printing. That way, if there is an issue then at least you have a chance to fix it before printing thousands of copies! ;-)

    Good luck

  3. Gazelle85 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2015
    Hi Rob,

    Thanks very much for your reply.

    I will see if the printer can get me a preproof. In the meantime, could it be because I'm using PSD instead of EPS images?

  4. Gazelle85 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2015
    ...also, it prints fine in greyscale, and also when you select 'print as image' in the print options. Not sure what that would indicate?

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