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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.
We're going to go ahead and take a look at how you can use your Layers panel to create different layers for different versions. So if I open up my Layers panel, I can see I have several different layers already created: one for the common images and text, another layer for Version 1 images, and another layer for Version 2 images. So let's go ahead and take a look at that. If I scroll down to the inside of my document, I can see some images along the right-hand side. When I turn off both layers, those images go away. When I want to print one version using the images on this layer, I can just turn that layer on.
I get one set of images. When I turn that layer off, I can turn on the second layer and I get a different set of images. So that's how I can use layers to have variable images in my same document. What happens if I wanted to vary my type as well? Well, let's go ahead and look at the other side of this brochure, the cover, and I have a couple of different quotes from different people who've been on the trips. If I wanted to change those quotes occasionally or put something different in there, I can go ahead and take those text frames and select them, create a new layer, and I'm going to call this layer Customer quotes, and maybe a 1 after it.
And then I can simply take this red square and I can drag it up to that layer. Now I can turn that layer on and off, and I can use those quotes in this particular document or not. If I wanted to add another layer, I would click on the Create New layer icon, and I'm going to double-click and name that one Customer Quotes, followed by a 2. So now I can have one version with the first quotes on it and a second version with the second quotes on it. So using layers, I can create various versions of my document.
The other nice advantage is when I want to make a PDF, I can go down here and choose Export. And as long as I'm using Acrobat 6 PDF 1.5 or higher, I can say create Acrobat layers. When I do this, my PDF will now contain the same layers I have in my document. I can turn those layers on and off. I'll put in my different versions. This allows me to move to a PDF workflow and yet still have my layers intact. So what we saw is we can create layers to create different versions and then turn those layers on and off.
We can also have those layers follow through into our PDF.
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