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This problem is almost identical to this problem, but my issue is limited to the createspace package.

The problem is reproducible with this code, run with pdfTeX:

\documentclass[11pt]{book}
\usepackage[size=novel,bleed]{createspace}  
\usepackage{graphicx}
\DeclareGraphicsExtensions{.png,.jpg}

\begin{document}
\includegraphics[scale=0.5]{sample}
\end{document}

The pngs render fine when I comment out the createspace line.

Since the Github repo for createspace hasn't been touched in 4 years, is there anything in the sty file that I should be looking for to correct this behaviour? Is there something else I could try?

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It turns out that the createspace package uses PDF/X-1a, which does not handle transparent pngs well. The package would need to use PDF/X-4 in order to handle transparencies. The solution is to edit or convert the pngs.

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