Photoshop "Save as PDF" doesn't retain the transparency


So I have this PSD with several transparent layers. As I need to hand out the file for a professional printing, I export it through Photoshop (CS5) using the usual PDF/X-4:2008 PDF 1.4 profile to retain the transparency.

But the written PDF doesn't have any transparency :

  • when I open it under Adobe Reader (with the transparency rendering option set to on), it has a white background
  • when I open it under Photoshop, it also has that white background which means the transparency is not kept

So I guess there's something wrong with the layers as the profile used is the correct one, but I don't know what. Any hint ?

10/30/2012 12:22:00 AM

Accepted Answer

After specifying the name of your file, you should get a Save Adobe PDF window with a set of options. At the top, under Adobe PDF Preset: choose [High Quality Print]. This will preserve your transparency settings.

11/19/2012 10:13:00 PM