Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Preparing for print in Illustrator

From: Designing a Magazine Cover

Video: Preparing for print in Illustrator

Now our cover is ready, let's look at our printing options, and getting a print-ready PDF out of Illustrator is more or less the same as creating one in InDesign So I am going to come to the File menu, and I am going to choose Save a Copy. I am choosing Save a Copy so that it makes the PDF but retains the Illustrator document as the open document. And then I am going to just append that _final to the file name, change the format to Adobe PDF, and then we come to the Save Adobe PDF options.

Preparing for print in Illustrator

Now our cover is ready, let's look at our printing options, and getting a print-ready PDF out of Illustrator is more or less the same as creating one in InDesign So I am going to come to the File menu, and I am going to choose Save a Copy. I am choosing Save a Copy so that it makes the PDF but retains the Illustrator document as the open document. And then I am going to just append that _final to the file name, change the format to Adobe PDF, and then we come to the Save Adobe PDF options.

And same sort of options as we saw in InDesign, we have the same presets available to us as we have in InDesign, and if you had made any presets there, they will also show up here I am going to use as my starting point the PDF/X-1a standard. This is just one standard. You will want to check with your printer about what specifically they want to receive from you But I am going to use this standard which is going to create an Acrobat 4 compatible file.

Compression options, we've seen these before. Anything bigger than 450 pixels per inch, down-sample to 300, Maximum Image Quality, Marks and Bleeds, we do not have these turned on, and I do need to turn them on, so I am just going to check All Printer's Marks, and I am going to increase the amount of Offset. We're in Inches, but that is the same as 6 points or half a pica. I am going to double that to 1 point for the amount of Offset, and I'm going to check Use Document Bleed Settings.

We added the Bleed to this document, so I am going to use the Document Bleed Settings In the Output area, here is where our RGB colors that are in the current document get converted to our Destination CMYK profile. That Destination CMYK profile is the profile chosen in your color settings, and I addressed this when we made the PDF out of InDesign, but your color settings are under the Edit menu if you want to go and have a look at those.

And then finally, the Advanced Options. Because we're creating an Acrobat 4 compatible file, the resulting file will not support transparency. So we do need to choose a Transparency Flattener preset. The default is High Resolution. We have made--or I made in earlier movie when I made the PDF in InDesign a Transparency Flattener that was higher than that, that doubles the resolution that is in the default High Resolution Transparency Flattener preset. I am going to choose that for now.

I will show you how that is made when I've exported the PDF Save PDF, it's going to warn me that we won't be able to edit this in Illustrator afterwards, that's okay, we don't really need to do that. So here is that print-ready PDF with the printer marks, and the page information Back in Illustrator, here is how that Transparency Flattener is made from the Edit menu, Transparency Flattener Presets, choose the one that you want to create, the new one based upon--I am going to click on that one to make a new one--and I will just call this Higher 1 since I already have one called Higher.

And the settings that I am using here are 2400 for the Line Art and Text Resolution and 600 for the Gradient and Mesh Resolution, so that's that. When that's made, that can then be incorporated into the PDF preset. One other thing that is relevant to what we just did, the Color Settings right there, that's the Destination profile that the colors are converted to.

While we're working in the document, it's a good idea to proof the colors so the RGB colors that are actually in that image are previewed as CMYK colors based upon that working CMYK profile. And if I switch now to Proof Colors, you may notice a very slight shift in the colors, the colors becoming a little bit flatter and a little bit duller than they were previously So those are the steps for getting a print-ready PDF out of Illustrator.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Designing a Magazine Cover
Designing a Magazine Cover

36 video lessons · 17283 viewers

Nigel French
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      36s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
    3. Looking at the history of magazine covers
      46s
  2. 8m 27s
    1. Understanding what makes a good magazine cover
      1m 47s
    2. Deciding between photography and illustration
      1m 6s
    3. Understanding the parts of a magazine cover
      5m 34s
  3. 21m 7s
    1. Choosing a cover image
      3m 0s
    2. Understanding the technical requirements
      4m 32s
    3. Cropping the cover image
      2m 0s
    4. Working with color and tonal adjustments
      3m 50s
    5. Retouching the cover image
      7m 45s
  4. 48m 8s
    1. Setting up the cover document
      3m 17s
    2. Placing and positioning the masthead
      4m 5s
    3. Positioning, scaling, and cropping the cover image
      3m 57s
    4. Combining the cover image and the masthead
      4m 28s
    5. Creating a color palette
      8m 47s
    6. Adding cover lines
      4m 28s
    7. Using paragraph styles with cover lines
      5m 32s
    8. Refining cover lines
      4m 54s
    9. Including additional elements
      8m 40s
  5. 15m 30s
    1. Creating a preflight profile
      3m 52s
    2. Making a print-ready PDF
      9m 24s
    3. Packaging and archiving the project
      2m 14s
  6. 34m 16s
    1. Setting up the Photoshop document
      6m 19s
    2. Placing and scaling the cover image in Photoshop
      3m 11s
    3. Combining the image and the masthead in Photoshop
      5m 49s
    4. Working with text in Photoshop
      9m 33s
    5. Creating a peeling sticker in Photoshop
      6m 16s
    6. Preparing for print in Photoshop
      3m 8s
  7. 35m 7s
    1. Setting up the Illustrator document
      4m 35s
    2. Placing, scaling, and cropping the cover image in Illustrator
      3m 30s
    3. Combining the cover image and the masthead in Illustrator
      3m 5s
    4. Adding more cover lines in Illustrator
      9m 41s
    5. Adding cover items in Illustrator
      9m 32s
    6. Preparing for print in Illustrator
      4m 44s
  8. 1m 11s
    1. Goodbye and next steps
      1m 11s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Designing a Magazine Cover.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.