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Understanding accurate soft proofing in Acrobat

From: InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

Video: Understanding accurate soft proofing in Acrobat

Soft proofing is really great and it gives us the ability to save both time and money. It allows us to look at our documents on screen without any hard proofs required, but we need to make sure our monitors are calibrated and we have the correct color settings. In Adobe Acrobat, I'm going to look at our color settings now. Under Preferences, I'm going to choose Color Management. If I have a monitor that's been calibrated with an ICC profile, I want to pick that from my RGB pop-up menu. If I don't, I can go ahead and just use Adobe RGB (1998).

Understanding accurate soft proofing in Acrobat

Soft proofing is really great and it gives us the ability to save both time and money. It allows us to look at our documents on screen without any hard proofs required, but we need to make sure our monitors are calibrated and we have the correct color settings. In Adobe Acrobat, I'm going to look at our color settings now. Under Preferences, I'm going to choose Color Management. If I have a monitor that's been calibrated with an ICC profile, I want to pick that from my RGB pop-up menu. If I don't, I can go ahead and just use Adobe RGB (1998).

Another thing I want to look at is for CMYK. If I have a specific profile for a printing device, whether it's a digital press, sheetfed or web, I want to pick that under CMYK. If I don't, I'm going to use U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2. The next thing I'm going to look at is under Page Display. I want to make sure Use Local Fonts is not selected. If I do this and I have any font issues, they are going to be deceiving because it's going to picking up fonts from my local computer, when in fact in the PDF itself, I don't have the fonts embedded correctly.

We can use Adobe Acrobat to soft-proof PDFs, which is really great, but there is even a better way. We're going to take a look at that now. I did a screenshot representation of one of the examples of soft-proofing through a web browser. You can see in this example it looks slightly different than Acrobat, but we have a lot of great tools that are available to us to view this PDF. Down at the bottom, you can see I can look at separations. I can make notes in my PDF. I can get the information on it. I can also zoom in to verify if I have something that's overprinting or knocking out or questions on the type.

So I have a lot of different ways to look at my PDF right online. Now, probably one of the biggest advantages to using this method is anything I do here goes directly back to the prepress department. This is a PDF that has been normalized, or ripped, and is representing what my metal plates will be made from. So as soon as I click OK, they can go ahead and process this job through their system. When I'm using Adobe Acrobat to look at PDFs, after I approve the PDF, I still need to make sure I get that PDF back to my printer so they can process it, whereas in this workflow they already have the images that I'm looking on directly from their servers, so there are a lot of advantages in that case.

So as we can see, soft-proofing offers us a lot of advantages. We want to make sure we have a calibrated monitor and have the correct color settings in place before we make any color adjustments.

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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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