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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.
We will take a look at how you can customize the Links panel to catch any errors that might exist in your document. Let's go ahead and open up the Links panel, and we notice right now it has some very basic information: the name of my image and what page it's on. Well, if I move my Links panel out here a little bit, I can go ahead and customize this to include a lot more vital information. Form the flyout menu, I'm going to pick Panel Options at the very bottom. I'm going to go ahead and select the things I think are important when looking at your images. We want to know what the color space is and if it has an ICC profile or not.
We also are concerned about the effective resolution. Actual resolution means placed it at 100%. But very few images are not scaled, so we want to know what the effect of resolution is. In other words, after my image has been scaled, what's the resolution of the image? The other information in here, it's up to you on what you think is important, but I would say those are the key areas that I like to focus on right now. So let's go ahead and click OK and look at these images. I can also make these a little wider by dragging the icon over. So I notice in my first image it's an RGB image, it uses Document RGB for my ICC profile, and it has 334 pixels per inch of resolution.
In fact, I can sort by clicking on the icon at the top by the different headings. In this case, I'm sorting from the lowest resolution up to the highest. Now, I mentioned in an earlier movie that we want 200 pixels per inch or greater for effective resolution. All of these images meet that criteria. Now, my first two images are not showing because the first one is used multiple times. So when I click on that, I can see it. And my image over here is an Illustrator file, which is resolution-independent.
So this is picking up color space and resolution from my Photoshop files. So the Links panel can be customized to show you a lot of different information and also help you catch any mistakes.
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