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Checkerboard pattern in vector graphics FH 10 - Macromedia Freehand

Hi, Hope someone can help. I have a Mac G4 with OS 10.3.3 at home. I have used Nova 750,000 vector graphics and printed them from Freehand 10 on an HP with no problems. I recently purchased Hemera Big Box of Art 800,000 graphics and the vector (eps) graphics are all printing with a checkerboard like pattern. I called Hemera and they said I should talk to Macromedia. Any suggestions? Thanks, Mary...

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    Default Checkerboard pattern in vector graphics FH 10

    Hi,

    Hope someone can help. I have a Mac G4 with OS 10.3.3 at home. I have used
    Nova 750,000 vector graphics and printed them from Freehand 10 on an HP with no
    problems. I recently purchased Hemera Big Box of Art 800,000 graphics and the
    vector (eps) graphics are all printing with a checkerboard like pattern. I
    called Hemera and they said I should talk to Macromedia. Any suggestions?

    Thanks, Mary

    Mary Resnik Guest

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    Default Re: Checkerboard pattern in vector graphics FH 10

    Mary,

    You don't mention exactly what kind of HP printer you have, but I suspect
    it's a non-PostScript inkjet. If so, this might be the problem:

    -- When you import the Nova EPS clip art into FreeHand, FH converts it to
    native FH objects which can then be rendered accurately to a non-PS printer.
    -- BBOA, at least on my PC version, stores its art in various formats and
    then, when you want to use a particular image, walks you through exporting
    it in a format appropriate to the application in which it's going to be
    used. I suspect that something is happening in the export step that's either
    converting it to a non-EPS format OR that the EPS format being produced is
    one which FH can't p into native objects, so your non-PS printer is
    printing a preview image instead.

    I'm a little baffled by the checkerboard thing since that part of the image
    (simply indicating the "background" showing through the image's surrounding
    transparency) shouldn't be exported in *any* format. When you bring the BBOA
    image into FH10, do you see the checkerboard on screen, or only on printout?

    Bill Schuhle


    Bill Schuhle Guest

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