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This illustrator object is in CMYK, in a CMYK document, at a Normal / 100% transparency setting. When the file is exported in High Quality Print it displays correctly on screen, but prints similarly to the way the x1a PDF shows digitally.

Here is the file! https://send.firefox.com/download/6e9ca3b08f/#RQgQP12g5V9kj02k9GvpNA

x1a PDF (Top) vs High Quality Print PDF (Bottom):

https://imgur.com/gallery/tlgVI

  • Just to cover my bases: This illustrator object is in CMYK, in a CMYK document, at a Normal / 100% transparency setting. When the file is exported in High Quality Print it displays correctly on screen, but prints similarly to the way the x1a PDF shows digitally. – user118761 Apr 2 '18 at 17:55
  • Err the images are side by side. – joojaa Apr 2 '18 at 17:56
  • @user118761 can we get the actual file instead of an imgur post? – LateralTerminal Apr 2 '18 at 18:00
  • Sorry, I made an edit to the imgur link. Now it should be showing correctly above. – user118761 Apr 2 '18 at 18:03
  • I don't mind uploading the file ... but I am new on here. What's the best way to do this? :) – user118761 Apr 2 '18 at 18:03
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Your first "PDFx" Image would indicate the appearance of Overprints.

Your second "High Quality File" image would indicate no overprints.

The difference could be anything from the object itself being set to overprint in the application (Illustrator), to a setting for the Job Options when you create the PDF, to even merely the preference in Acrobat/Reader to display overprints.

Chances are if you track down where the overprints are being introduced, you will probably track down the display difference.

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