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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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