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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.
Creating custom Live Preflight profiles helps you identify problems specific to your job. We are going to go ahead and create a custom profile now. Under my Window menu, I am going to choose Output > Preflight. Next, I am going to chose Define Profiles from the flyout menu. I am going to go ahead and click on the Plus sign to create a new profile. I am going to label my profile 'Commercial Printing followed by CMYK'. This profile is going to check for a CMYK workflow. Underneath my LINKS, I am going to go ahead and leave Links Missing or Modified selected, but I am going to deselect Inaccessible URL Links.
I am also going to select OPI Links. Under COLOR, I am going to check for Color Spaces and modes Not Allowed. When I look at that, I want to check for any RGB images and Spot Colors along with Gray and Lab. Again, this particular profile is looking for a CMYK workflow. As I scroll down, I can see Overprinting Applied in InDesign, Overprinting Applied to White, and Registration Applied should also be checked. IMAGES and OBJECTS, I am going to check on Image Resolution and I am going to look for a Minimum Image Resolution of 200.
I am also going to recommend a minimum resolution for grayscale images of 200 as well. Now, as I scroll down, the next thing I am concerned about is Minimum Stroke Weight. I am going to go ahead and click on that and have Preflight identify any stroke weights less than .125 points. The next thing I want to look at is my Bleed/Trim Hazard. I want to know if any element, whether text or images, is closer than a quarter inch to my trim. Next, under TEXT, I am going to click Overset Text, Fonts Missing, and under Font Types Not Allowed, I am going to make sure that it flags any protected fonts.
As I scroll down, I am going to deselect Unresolved Caption Variables, but I am going to check, under DOCUMENT, Bleed and Slug Setup. I want to make sure that my industry-standard eighth-inch bleed is being met in my document. Finally, I am going to check All Pages Must Use Same Size and Orientation. This will flag if I have any pages that vary in width or height. It's not that I can't use them; I just want to be aware if they're there. By creating a custom Live Preflight profile, you can identify problems specific to a particular job.
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