Risk

PDF with flattened layers reduces the usability of a PDF.

Issues

PDF with flattened layers that makes it much harder to extract contents.

Example

Solution

Dos:
  • Create PDF with layers.

  • Keep all text live, for accessibility.

  • Standirise on layers (Dielines, Artwork, Braille, Barcodes...).

Don’ts:
  • Flattening layers.

  • Use pdf.


Tips

The following steps describe how to view information about how to create PDF with layers:
InDesign and Illustrator,

  • Export to PDF → Choose the PDF Preset → Make Sure to Check the (Create Acrobat Layers Top-Level Layers).

The layers compatibility is up to Acrobat 6 (PDF 1.5)