Making Acrobat Press-Quality PDFs from InDesign and Other Creative Suite Programs
This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to make press-quality PDFs from Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop (versions CS2 and CS3) with the correct job options for your particular type of document.
When made correctly, a press-quality PDF will sail like a breeze through your print shop’s prepress section.
The PDF has the correct color and resolution settings, your print shop is able to make their technical adjustments to it such as separations and trapping, and the finished printed product is just as you expected. Plus…it gets printed on time and within your budget without any problems.
Sound like a graphic designer’s Utopia?
Nah! Once you master Bevi Chagnon's 3-step method, making perfect PDFs is as easy as pie.
Audience: Graphic designers, publishers, desktop publishers, ad designers, prepress technicians, publication production managers, and others who are involved in print media. This tutorial is especially helpful for those sending electronic files to a print shop for either offset-, web-, or digital-printing presses. (Note: I mean web printing presses, not the World Wide Web or Internet.)
Topics covered in this tutorial:
- Acrobat presets: which one to use
- Press-quality vs. print-quality vs. PDF/X
- Customizing the job options
- Compatibility levels and how they affect your PDF
- Printer's marks and bleeds
- Compression and downsampling settings for photos and bitmapped images
- Color conversion settings
- Reviewing color breaks (separations)
- Embedding fonts
- Security settings
The Adobe PDF Series:
Acrobat PDF 101: What’s a PDF and What Do I Use to Make One?
Acrobat PDF 102: PDF Ground Rules for Press, Print and Web
Press-Quality PDFs: Making Acrobat PDFs from InDesign and Other Creative Suite Programs