PDF has white background when exported from Illustrator

I’m saving an Illustrator CS6 file as a PDF. The file has a transparent background, however when exported as a PDF and dropped into InDesign the file has a white background.

I’ve tried saving the file as different types of PDF but nothing has worked.

This is a recent problem that I’ve not had an issue with until the past two weeks.

Can anyone give any suggestions?


You are saving the image correctly but the white background is showing because there is a setting for it in Adobe Reader, follow the below steps to remove the white background from your PDF.

  1. Open Adobe Reader.
  2. Press CTRL + K or go to Edit > Preference and check the box, which says show the transparency grid (Please check the image below for clarification.).
  3. Open the saved PDF with transparent background.

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