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New Contest! Mystery of the Absent Artwork

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’ve prepared a full-color ad that will be printed in a magazine. In your InDesign file, there are just two items, a background photo saved as a JPG, and a vector logo saved as a PDF.


Both are embedded in the InDesign file.


You output a PDF. At a glance, it looks good, so you send it to the magazine’s production department.


They send a proof back to you, and to your dismay the vector logo is missing. This proof is accurate, and if the ad is printed as is, the logo will not appear.


Why does the logo disappear in the PDF?

This month’s prize is a license for FlexDoc, a cool plug-in for setting up documents with folds and die-cuts. You can use it to make anything from a simple three-panel brochure, to complex packaging.

There will be one winner chosen at random from all the correct answers I receive before July 21st, 2016

Enter now by emailing your solution to mike at

Note: Comments are closed on this post while the contest is open 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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