We received a PDF from our client to forward it to the printing house (I hope that is the correct english term, I'm talking about offset print) and later we combine the printed result with our product.
The design of our client has some shadows around text. The printed version although doesn't have any show, just a black box around the text.
I know this must be an issue with PDF standards. But I'm wondering how I can check if it will work correctly in the final print.
The clients PDF is PDF/X-3:2002 PDF-Version 1.5
Our project management tool renders PDFs online and gives me similar results with the look of the PDF, so I did some testing:
This is how it should looks, and how every PDF looks in Acrobat Pro:
This is how it looks in
X4 2010 PDF Version 1.6,
X3 2002 PDF Version 1.5 and
X3 2002 PDF Version 1.4:
Only X3 2002 PDF Version 1.3 looks correct in our tool. I know I can't transfer this observation to print, but gives me an idea.
So my question is: How can I check if this will happen in print? Can I simulate that somehow in Acrobat? I didn't find any option for this in the preview options of acrobat. Also I can say that our project management tool where we upload the PDFs doesn't change the PDF, it just renders them wrong. So this tool isn't the problem.
Shouldn't the printing house note this and realize that the PDF standard is wrong?
When I get a PDF in the wrong standard from our clients, can I modify them in Acrobat to the correct standard? Or do I have to go back and forth with our client until he sends the correct version?