I am placing a PDF into an illustrator file and where there should be white in the PDF it is transparent. How can I fix this? I want the PDF to have white where there should be white. When I put a drop shadow on the PDF image it is transparent and where the white should be it has a shadow. I've tried looking at the settings and everything. Please help.

  • please provide us a screenshoot.
    – hsawires
    Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 7:32
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    Can you not just add a white fill or rectangle behind the PDF image?
    – Scott
    Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 8:37

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I have dealt with this in the past, and it's quite an easy solution:

You simply add a white box behind your document in the PDF editor.

Source: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1087337

  • The answer could be shorter, but that is basically about it. Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 1:26

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