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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.
I am going to go ahead and look at how to create PDF presets. I am going to go underneath my File menu and pick Adobe PDF Presets > Define. I am going to click PDF/X-4. Now, this is a really great preset that I use all the time. It supports live transparency among other things, and I'll cover this in another movie. Next, I am going to hit New. I am going to name this PDFX4_marks+bleed. Next, I am going to click on Marks and Bleed, and I want to choose All Printer's Marks.
Next, I want to make sure that my Crop Marks and Registration Marks are 12 points, or 0.1667 inches from my live area. Next, I am going to change my Bleed from zero to an eighth inch, so 0.125. I am going to click OK. Now I notice in my Adobe PDF Presets I have this new preset I just created. If I want to, I can click on Edit to modify it. I can go ahead and make any changes.
I can make a PDF preset that includes spreads, and if I did that, I'd want to change the name to indicate my new setting. And I can go ahead and I can also save this out. So I might want to save this out so I can hand it off to other people on my team or send it via email to somebody else. I would probably want to label this something different than Adobe PDF Preset 1. I am going to call this PDFX4, and I can save this out.
Next, I am going to go ahead and delete this and show you how you would load it. Click Load, locate the new preset I just created, and hit Open. That way if my printer sends me a PDF preset, I can simply load it without having to create it myself. Creating PDF presets helps you save time and also avoids errors.
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