So I am trying to overlay colored shapes over a floor plan I've placed in InDesign.

They are just regular shapes (rectangle + triangles) and I filled them with Pantone swatch colors.

For some reason when I export as PDF, I just see the floor plan, and no colored shapes (overlayed). I even tried printing on paper and the color just doesn't appear. Here is what it should look like;enter image description here

  • A screenshot of your export dialogue might help May 5, 2017 at 7:39
  • Might you have set your boxes non printable ?
    – Loic
    May 5, 2017 at 10:28
  • Viewing PDFs with spot colors in some viewers may be an issue. For example, Apple's Preview application won't display spot colors properly.
    – Scott
    Jun 4, 2017 at 17:54

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Your problem might be a combination of using Pantone spot swatches and exporting the pdf with a Standard.

Normal printers can't print Pantone colors since it requires a separate ink for each color, so if you are not making a file for an 8-color art print you should use RGB or CMYK colors. You can use colors from the Pantone color book, but you have to convert them to RGB/CMYK:

convert swatch

If you want to keep the Pantone colors as spot colors (and in most other cases) you should try using the Adobe PDF Preset called High Quality Print. This preset has Standard set to None which is important because it allows exporting Pantone colors (and other spot colors). I think that you might have chosen a Standard which prevents your colors from exporting.

export pdf

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