Creating a PDF from Adobe InDesign
Before creating a PDF, please keep in mind:
- Fonts: Ensure that all fonts are loaded prior to creating your PDF
- Image Resolution: As a rule, all Photoshop images should have a resolution of 300 dpi. Any bitmap should be at 600 dpi
- Color Space: ALL RGB images should be converted to CMYK
- Spot Colors: If you've used Pantone spot colors in your design but do not require them to be printed as spot colors, convert Spot Colors to Process by clicking the Ink Manager button in the Output Menu and checking the "All Spots to Process" checkbox .
- Color Separations: Run off laser separations to be certain your document will separate correctly
- Bleeds: Extend all elements that run off the edge of the page an additional 1/8" beyond the final trim size .
- Document Size: Create your document at the final size you would like it produced. Avoid building on an oversized layout. Pay particular attention to panel sizes where one panel may need to be narrower to accomodate a fold (for instance, a tri-fold brochure)
- Transparency & Drop Shadows: Set the Transparency Flattener (Advanced Menu) to High Resolution .
Exporting to PDF
First, download and install the Service Printers PDF Preset settings to ensure the best possible results.
Next, under the File menu, choose Export, name your PDF file, and choose "Adobe PDF" as the format. Click "Save" and select the Service Printers PDF Preset settings you just downloaded and installed. Click "Export."
If you do not want to download our settings you can use the following settings in the Export PDF dialogue box:
(click images to see larger view)
Adobe PDF Preset: High Quality Print
Compatibility: Acrobat 4 (PDF 1.3)
Include: (none selected)
"Compress Text and Line Art" and "Crop Image Data to Frames" selected
Marks and Bleeds Settings:
Bleed and Slug:
OPI: (none selected)
Preset: High Resolution
When all these settings are correct, click Export
In InDesign, go to File > Print and select the settings shown in the image (click the image to open a larger view).