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Using preflight profiles

From: Print Production Essentials: Spot Colors and Varnish

Video: Using preflight profiles

If you're looking for problems in just a single PDF, you can probably just use Output Preview. But if you're looking for problems in multiple PDFs and you'd like to batch process them. Then you need to create a Preflight profile. To do that, go to your Print Production Tools and choose Preflight. And you'll see that there's a pretty good number of presets that ship with Acrobat. But what I'm going to do, is use one of those as a starting point, and then I'm going to customize it and have it look for anything that's not spot color or black.

Using preflight profiles

If you're looking for problems in just a single PDF, you can probably just use Output Preview. But if you're looking for problems in multiple PDFs and you'd like to batch process them. Then you need to create a Preflight profile. To do that, go to your Print Production Tools and choose Preflight. And you'll see that there's a pretty good number of presets that ship with Acrobat. But what I'm going to do, is use one of those as a starting point, and then I'm going to customize it and have it look for anything that's not spot color or black.

In other words, anything that's going to generate a cyan, magenta, or yellow plate, So under Prepress, I'm going to use this Sheetfed Offset profile as a starting point. Now, I don't want to change it. I want to leave it intact. So I'm going to come up to Options and choose Create New PreFlight Profile. And I need to name it. And I'm going to tell it to search for CMYK. So I'm going to name it no CMYK. And you can put all sorts of information in here if you want to. And here on the left, you can see that there are a number of kinds of problems you can have it look for.

But in this case, all I'm really worried about is what sort of plates it's going to generate, and there it is right at the top, and that tells you something, this is really a common problem. So I wanted to search for anything that's going to generate (INAUDIBLE) or yellow plates, and I have 4 options here, the inactive option, well it might find it but it's not going to report on it. Info, Warning, and Error, well, all three inform me that it's found something. So really I could use any one of them, but I'm a fan of just using the error, because when we see that big red X we know we have a problem.

I might check to make sure there's nothing RGB as well, because that would also generate cyan, magenta, and yellow plates when it goes to a plate setter. So, I'm going to save this and then I'm going to have it look at this file. So when I click analyze, well immediately we see that we have a problem. But think how beneficial this would be if I had to do this to 50 pdf's. It would report on all of them. I notice there's a problem, but I don't know exactly where the problem is, so I don't really know what to tell the original designer to fix. So I need to know what the image is or multiple images if multiple images are causing the problem.

When I click on this, nothing happens, well this is the secret. Down here at the lower left it says show in Snap, which makes no sense until you know there's something called Snap view, and this is it Snap view. There, now I know what the problem is, it's this image. So, now I know how to inform the designer, they need to go back, into Photoshop and fix that image, so that it's really a duotone. It looks like a duotone, but it isn't one. So, I can't fix this. There's no way to repair this. Here in Acrobat but at least now I know what the problem is and so now i can inform the designer. So if you have multiple PDFs that you want to check, make sure that they're healthy consider making a Preflight profile, it sort of does the work for you it's much more efficient.

You can automate the process and it's all about trying to make sure that your files are healthy before you send them to press.

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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      33s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 19m 15s
    1. Why spot colors are necessary
      2m 32s
    2. Examples of spot color impact
      1m 45s
    3. Spot or process: Making the decision
      5m 31s
    4. Choosing a spot color
      4m 11s
    5. About the new Pantone Plus color system
      5m 16s
  3. 13m 23s
    1. How spot color inks are created
      6m 8s
    2. Considerations when using certain spot colors
      2m 35s
    3. Effects of stock on color
      2m 6s
    4. Proofing spot and special-mix colors before printing
      1m 0s
    5. Spot colors and digital printing
      1m 34s
  4. 5m 5s
    1. How spot varnishes can enhance a project
      1m 10s
    2. How varnishes, inks, and substrate interact
      2m 30s
    3. Combining different types of varnish to add dimensions
      35s
    4. Aqueous flood coatings
      50s
  5. 28m 26s
    1. Creating a multitone image (duotone and tritone)
      10m 59s
    2. Creating a simple spot color channel
      6m 30s
    3. Creating a touch plate to enhance a color image
      7m 25s
    4. Creating a spot varnish
      3m 32s
  6. 23m 14s
    1. Adding Pantone color swatches
      5m 18s
    2. Using Overprint Preview to proof the display of spot color transparency
      2m 58s
    3. 3D shading: Preview with overprint on
      2m 22s
    4. Converting spot colors to process
      3m 11s
    5. Creating a varnish
      5m 52s
    6. Creating spot gradients
      3m 33s
  7. 17m 44s
    1. Importing art containing spot color content and resolving issues with Ink Manager
      4m 28s
    2. Using Overprint Preview to proof the display of spot color transparency
      2m 30s
    3. Converting spot colors to process
      2m 29s
    4. Creating a spot varnish
      5m 35s
    5. Creating and using mixed inks
      2m 42s
  8. 7m 10s
    1. Examining with Output Preview
      4m 11s
    2. Using preflight profiles
      2m 59s
  9. 1m 9s
    1. What I hope you've learned in this course
      51s
    2. Next steps
      18s

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