My White Text Disappeared (and solution)
I was just working on some artwork for The InDesign Conference and I exported a PDF and some of my text disappeared:
Where did the “The” and “Conference” go?! I exported the PDF several more times with different settings. I confirmed that the text (which had been converted to outlines so I could make some tweaks) really was set to Paper. I looked at the Effects panel. Nothing made sense. Why were those disappearing?
And then it hit me: I flipped on View > Overprint Preview and… they disappeared on screen. So I selected Window > Output > Attributes, and this is what I saw:
Yup, Overprint Fill was selected… but also grayed out, so I couldn’t deselect it!
I’d like to say that the solution to this came to me in a flash, but it actually took several sips of inspiration juice (a.k.a. coffee) and a handful of mixed nuts. It was only then that I realized how to turn off that checkbox: Change the color of the object to anything else (I chose cyan). That let me turn off the checkbox, and then I set the fill color back to Paper white.
Why was that object set to overprint white? How could it have been?! (Normally, InDesign stops Paper objects from overprinting automatically.) I don’t know. But now I know how to fix it, and I wanted to pass that little nugget on to you, just in case you run into it.