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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 how we can move our InDesign layers into a PDF. In InDesign, I have three different layers, and these take into account different versions. When I turn off this layer, I can see these images disappear, and when I turn it back on, they reappear. Well, I want to have that same ability in Adobe Acrobat. So to do that, I am going to go under File, click on my PDF Presets, and I need to modify one of those. So let me save this out to my desktop, and I am going to click on Spreads. I am going to go ahead and choose Acrobat 6 or later.
Acrobat 6 was the first version that allowed you to work with layers. And when I do that, I can create Acrobat layers. Now I'm going to take a look at a PDF I just created in Acrobat. If I notice in here in my Layers panel, I have those same layers that I had in InDesign. When I turn these off, I can see my images change, and this gives me the ability to hand off one PDF with varying versions to my printer. Now, if my printer accepts Acrobat layers, which you want to check with and make sure, this will be a great way to save on the number of PDFs you have to upload.
So in this case, I can print two different versions with one PDF. So as we can see, there are clear advantages to using Acrobat layers, especially when you're using versions. If you want to use versions with different photos or different text, layers are a great way to accomplish this.
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