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Such a print newbie me! haha!
OK, it's mostly web stuff we do so forgive my stupidity in the realms of print.
I'm doing some wee print jobs for a client.
The piece is designed in illustrator.
The background of the page is a solid colour.
I want to place an image over this background.
The image is of (for example) a Tree so it has gaps inbetween leafs and branches etc.
When I place this on my page I want the background to come through the "Holes" (transparent areas) in the image.
Doing this with a mask in illustrator is just a NO.
The illustration is too complex.
In Photoshop i've got it as a layer with transparent areas.
What filetype do I save the image as?
Can PNGs be used OK for print?
Or do printers and PNGs not get on?
All you need to know, I think, is that white doesn't print, unless you specifically instruct yoru printer to print white.
If this is a technical 'how-to' question, perhaps you could submit a photo of the forground tree image, or at least an analogue.
you can just place the psd file (300dpi, cmyk) in illustrator or indesign on top of the background. export pdf. done.
The gaps in the image/illustration are tiny so im going to drop in the background into the illustration but then use a tight mask around the perimeter of the image when I import it into illustrator.
So that it looks like the background showing through when in fact its in the image.
place the .psd