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Creating profiles

From: InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

Video: Creating profiles

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.

Creating profiles

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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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

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  1. 3m 19s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      31s
    3. Asking the right questions before starting your document
      1m 54s
  2. 21m 59s
    1. Building documents correctly
      3m 9s
    2. Understanding facing pages vs. non-facing pages
      2m 8s
    3. Creating a four-page spread with a left-hand page 1
      1m 48s
    4. Creating a gatefold layout
      2m 7s
    5. Creating a letterfold layout
      2m 27s
    6. Creating a book cover layout for a perfect bound book
      3m 11s
    7. Creating a calendar layout
      3m 13s
    8. Creating a drill edge
      3m 56s
  3. 11m 16s
    1. Understanding the preflight settings
      4m 55s
    2. Creating profiles
      2m 26s
    3. Loading and embedding profiles
      1m 18s
    4. Looking at the results
      2m 37s
  4. 10m 13s
    1. Understanding process colors, spot colors, and the Ink Manager
      1m 57s
    2. Using overprint vs. knockout
      1m 46s
    3. Using rich black (percentages of CMYK)
      1m 44s
    4. Checking for unnamed colors
      2m 4s
    5. Using mixed inks and registration
      2m 42s
  5. 4m 25s
    1. Using layers
      2m 25s
    2. Understanding Conditional Text and GREP
      2m 0s
  6. 6m 6s
    1. Understanding document fonts
      1m 33s
    2. Avoiding common font problems
      2m 57s
    3. Choosing the best font formats
      1m 36s
  7. 9m 0s
    1. Looking at the Links panel
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing the Links panel
      1m 56s
    3. Understanding resolution and scaling
      2m 4s
    4. Understanding actual resolution vs. effective resolution
      1m 53s
    5. Choosing file formats
      1m 35s
  8. 6m 47s
    1. Understanding RGB and CMYK
      2m 13s
    2. Using ICC profiles
      2m 13s
    3. Converting from RGB to CMYK during PDF export
      2m 21s
  9. 7m 44s
    1. Understanding accurate soft proofing in Acrobat
      2m 32s
    2. Using the Separations Preview panel
      3m 16s
    3. Using the Flattener Preview panel
      1m 56s
  10. 11m 43s
    1. Packaging your files
      2m 0s
    2. Using Adobe PDF presets
      2m 2s
    3. Understanding PDF/X-1a vs. PDF/X4
      3m 20s
    4. Understanding when to create an Acrobat layer
      1m 25s
    5. Using single pages vs. spreads
      2m 56s
  11. 2m 14s
    1. Final thoughts: 10 things to keep your printer happy
      2m 14s

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