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Final thoughts: 10 things to keep your printer happy

From: InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

Video: Final thoughts: 10 things to keep your printer happy

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.

Final thoughts: 10 things to keep your printer happy

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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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

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James Wamser
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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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