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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

Using Adobe PDF presets


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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

with James Wamser

Video: Using Adobe PDF presets

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.
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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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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines
1h 34m Intermediate Apr 21, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding facing pages versus non-facing pages
  • Creating a gatefold layout
  • Loading and embedding profiles
  • Understanding overprint vs. knockout
  • Understanding mixed inks and registration
  • Setting up multiple versions of a document with conditional text and GREP
  • Avoiding common font problems
  • Understanding RGB and CMYK
Subjects:
Design Print Production
Software:
InDesign
Author:
James Wamser

Using Adobe PDF presets

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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