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Preparing the PDF

From: Designing a Book Cover

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So your book cover is ready to be sent to the printers, and how you are going to send it? You could send a package. If you went to the File menu and chose Package, you could then run through the options and it would create a folder for you that contained a folder of links, if there were any linked graphics as well as any fonts that were used in the document. A more efficient approach is to send a print-ready PDF to the printers. This is easier for them, it's easier for you, and it's far less prone to error.

Preparing the PDF

So your book cover is ready to be sent to the printers, and how you are going to send it? You could send a package. If you went to the File menu and chose Package, you could then run through the options and it would create a folder for you that contained a folder of links, if there were any linked graphics as well as any fonts that were used in the document. A more efficient approach is to send a print-ready PDF to the printers. This is easier for them, it's easier for you, and it's far less prone to error.

Now I am going to run through the steps to create a PDF, but in terms of the specifics you should speak to the printer about exactly how to prepare the PDF. Some of the things that I specifically tell you here may not be applicable for the printing circumstances that you are using. Speak to the printer, you can possibly download a PDF preset from the printer's web site, but they can certainly tell you exactly what settings to use. I am going to go to the File menu, and choose PDF Presets, and I am going to start out with Press Quality.

I'll save this on my Desktop, and let's just run through these options. Most of them are what we want. We won't need to change them. But in this case, I do want Spreads chosen, because we have three pages that make up as single document, the back cover, the spine and the front cover, so it's important that we check spreads. Typically when making a Print-Ready PDF, you do not check this but in this case we definitely do need to.

Everything else remains as is. Compression can stay as is. These numbers mean that anything above a resolution of 450 pixels per inch will be downsampled to 300. The same for the Grayscale Images, a much higher number, much closer to the maximum output resolution for Monochrome Images. In this case we don't have any images in this document, but the Monochrome Images, it's seldom that you would have those, I would say, but Color and the Grayscale Images both very important.

In the Marks and Bleeds, now let's turn on the Printer's Marks. We may not need all of these. It's not going to hurt to have them. Let's make the offset of those marks 12 points, and I am going to turn on my bleed settings. I created this document with a bleed. Let's use it. In the Output, everything there can stay as is. It means that the color will be converted to my destination color profile. Any RGB images placed in this document will end up being CMYK in the resulting PDF, and that's what we want.

In the advanced section, nothing really to check here but it's worth pointing out that we are sub-setting fonts that are less than 100 percent used, meaning that only the particular font characters that are used will be embedded in the PDF, making its file size a lot more portable, which is important if you are sending the PDF by e-mail to your printer. We don't want to have any security settings, and we are not requiring a password to open or do anything to this document.

So now we are ready to go, and I am going to click Export, and then after a brief pause there is our print-ready PDF, and it's this document that we send to the printer.

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Designing a Book Cover

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Nigel French
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  1. 2m 42s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
  2. 29m 57s
    1. The project brief
      2m 30s
    2. Doing research
      4m 16s
    3. Setting up a document in InDesign CS5
      5m 4s
    4. Setting up a document in InDesign CS4
      6m 4s
    5. Putting your InDesign CS5 document on a grid
      3m 2s
    6. Putting your InDesign CS4 document on a grid
      4m 31s
    7. Setting up the document in Illustrator and placing it on a grid
      4m 30s
  3. 40m 39s
    1. Creating hand-drawn type with the Blob Brush tool
      4m 13s
    2. Using Live Paint to color type
      3m 40s
    3. Choosing typefaces
      3m 42s
    4. Creating a simple illustration using the Pen and Gradient tools
      8m 43s
    5. Applying type effects
      5m 42s
    6. Manual tracing
      4m 42s
    7. Using the gradient and transparency effects
      9m 57s
  4. 17m 27s
    1. Distressed type
      5m 42s
    2. More distressed type
      3m 35s
    3. Using mirrored type
      3m 34s
    4. Using giant wraparound text
      3m 56s
    5. Starting text on the cover
      40s
  5. 13m 7s
    1. Illustrating concepts with abstract shapes and transparency
      6m 27s
    2. Representing the book content with icons
      6m 40s
  6. 24m 8s
    1. Using historic photography
      6m 21s
    2. Using Illustrator to create a simple illustration
      4m 19s
    3. Using gradient mesh in Illustrator to create a simple illustration
      4m 55s
    4. Using Live Trace on a photograph
      3m 52s
    5. Using black-and-white images creatively
      4m 41s
  7. 25m 30s
    1. Developing a book set
      2m 50s
    2. Designing the back cover
      8m 42s
    3. Designing the flaps
      2m 41s
    4. Designing the spine
      11m 17s
  8. 12m 56s
    1. Using spot varnish
      4m 30s
    2. Preflighting your document
      4m 51s
    3. Preparing the PDF
      3m 35s
  9. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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