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New Contest! Mystery of the Vanishing Text

Hey folks, it’s time for another InDesign mystery that you can solve for a chance to win an awesome prize!

Here’s the scenario: 

You’re hired for a job to update a nature guide that was published as an interactive PDF. A typical entry looks like this:

To update the design, you’ve been asked to remove the colored diamond shapes and move the name of the animal down so it overlaps the photo.

But when you move the text frame down, the parts of the letters that overlap the photo vanish.

It looks like the text frame is beneath the photo, but you check the Layers panel and that’s not the case.

Everything on the page is on the same layer, and no text wrap has been applied anywhere.

Why did the text vanish when it was moved over the photo?

If you’re stumped there is a clue in the first screenshot.

This month’s prize is full access for 3 months to the video archives for PePCon 2016 or the CreativePro Conference (up to $495 value!).

The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct answers I receive before February 15, 2017

Enter now by emailing your solution to mike at

Note: Comments are closed on this post so no one gives away the answer. Good luck!

Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and Author of courses on InDesign and Illustrator. Husband. Dad. Dog walker.
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