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I am trying to export a pdf to send to the printer, white text for a window decal. it seems impossible to have a transparent background in a pdf. 

I have checked transparent in document settings. And I tried different ways of exporting, with dartboard, without, print, web or export pdf. 

I have sent it to two printers and they did not see they white text, so it cannot be only preview on a mac, which I have always been using with Illustrator without a problem. 

Attached some files. 


Thanks for help.






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Hi Julia,

Welcome to the forums.

I've opened your test.PDF file in Adobe Acrobat and the transparent background and white text are visible, see the attached screenshot. Sometimes an option has to be enabled in Preferences > Page Display > Show Transparency grid.

Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 08.32.10.png

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