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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 take a look at the top 10 things you can do to help your job run smoother. Missing fonts seems to be a common theme, and by packaging your file, you can ensure that none of your fonts are missing. Missing images also seems to be rather common, and again by packaging your files, you can ensure your images are included as well. Low-res images, Live Preflight allowed us to look for and check for low-res images, and anything less than 200 pixels per inch is considered low-res. Wrong trim size, you want to verify the trim size and design your job to the final trim size.
This will prevent you from having to redesign your job after it's already finished. Panels not set up correctly for folding, you want to make sure if you're not positive where to put your guides or how to set up your multiple-page-size panels, that you talk to your printer and ask them for some kind of layout. RGB versus CMYK, most printers will accept RGB files. You just need to have a conversation with them beforehand. Your RGB file should have ICC profiles, so when the conversion takes place from RGB to CMYK you don't get any unexpected results.
What you want to do when designing your job is make sure it contains the correct number of inks. In this case, if we do a four-color job, we would not be expecting any spot inks. Your printer is not going to know when they see extra spot inks if this job has changed or not, so I think I would take a look at my Separation Preview panel and make sure I've the correct number of inks in my job. Type Safety issues, you don't want to have any type that does not bleed closer than an eighth inch to trim. A lot of times we see images and type that does not bleed, but yet it's too close to trim.
That includes page numbers and any other copy. I would suggest keeping it at least an eighth inch from trim, a quarter if possible. Font problems, we mentioned it's okay to use system fonts, but then you should make sure you package them so they get used when opening up a native InDesign file on a different computer. And finally, you want to make sure you're supplying your PDFs as single pages and not reader spreads. Thank you for taking the time to watch the movies. I hope you have benefited from them and they save you both time and money when preparing your files for commercial printing.
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