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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines goes over the common issues that arise when preparing InDesign documents for printing and shows how to tweak PDF and document settings to ensure the perfect print. The course shows how to avoid mistakes by preparing documents correctly upfront, covering document construction, layout, ink management settings, and output options. Prepress processes in Acrobat are also covered, including accurate soft proofing and packaging in the PDF/X formats. Exercise files accompany the course.
Let's look at how we can use spreads to set up a calendar in InDesign. So I'm going to go to my A-master and I'm going to notice, instead of my spreads being next to each other, they're actually on top of each other. Well, how did I do that? Well, I took my Page tool and I just simply took my right page and I moved it below the left page. And so now we get to the top of the calendar, which has the photo, and the bottom of the calendar, which has the date. Then I dragged this down into my document to create my various spreads.
And although in my Pages panel they appear next to each other, when I double-click on there, they're actually one on top of the other. Now the advantage to do it in this way is I have my photo on top and I have my month below, so visually it makes sense that every photo goes with every month. But when I export this as a PDF and hand it off to my printer, I can do single- page PDFs so they are allowed to impose this as single pages. So imagine that on the back of the January month is going to be the February photo and on the back of the February photo is going to be March.
So it kind of makes sense when you output this as single pages. Now what I want to do is I want to export this as a PDF so you can see what it looks like as single pages. I'm going to come under File, go down to my Presets, and I'm just going to choose High Quality Print, just so we can see what it looks like. I'm going to save this to my Desktop, and I want to view the PDF after exporting, but I also want to make sure my marks and bleeds are on. I want to change my Offset to 0.1667. We're going to get into settings in great detail later, and I'm going to change this for my Bleed to 0.125.
I'm going to make sure that all four sides have equal bleed of 1/8 inch. Now I want to go ahead and export this, and what it's going to do is it's going to open it up in Acrobat and we're going to be able to look at the single-page PDFs that again I can hand off and they can be properly imposed using imposition software at a prepress facility. So when I look at this in Acrobat I can see I have my bleed, I have my marks, and when I scroll through here, I have January followed by February photo and February the month, and each one here as a single-page PDF.
Now if you happened to notice, there is a little bit of an image coming through on this PDF from the image above. When this gets imposed in the imposition software, this will be taking care of automatically. It's something you don't have to worry about. So again, I have the advantage of creating everything together. I can see my month and my dates together, along with my photos, and at the same time, I can output this as single-page PDFs. So I showed you how using your master pages we can move one page below the other and that allows us to have the month appear directly below the photo for all 12 months, but it also allows us the ability to hand off our calendar as single- page PDFs so our printer can properly impose them in their imposition software.
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