Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Object Inspector to learn details, part of Acrobat X Essential Training.
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Sometimes when you print a job from Acrobat, something doesn't print right. A picture might become all pixelated or text drops out or color is wrong. So, it would be nice if you could really find out what exactly is the problem with that area of the page in Acrobat, and you indeed have a tool, called the Object Inspector. Now, it's part of the Print Production tools, and if you're not seeing Print Production underneath your Tools panel, go to the little dropdown menu and choose Print Production if they don't show by default. And then, if you look through here, you are not going to find something called the Object Inspector.
The Object Inspector, like the Color Separations Preview, is actually part of Output Preview, all right. So you click Output Preview, and there you will see Object Inspector. So, select it here, underneath the Preview list. And isn't that exciting, all the information it shows you by default? The Object Inspector, unlike the Color Separations Preview, needs you to actually click something on the page. So you're given a little crosshairs, and it's not enough just to hover; you need to click somewhere. It's like if I click on this picture of a flower, then the Object Inspector kicks in and tells me everything that's happening underneath where I clicked.
So, it's saying that what I clicked, it has a DeviceCMYK Blend Color Space. The blending mode is Normal, meaning when two things overlap each other and there is a live transparency as there is in this document, one object may blend with the object underneath it in a method that's not "normal," meaning the object on the top obscures the object underneath 100%. There is actually a bunch of different blend modes that you can choose in a program like say Photoshop or Illustrator or InDesign. It's saying that this is an image, and here is its size in pixels and in inches, how many bits/pixel there are, and the resolution: 300 pixels/inch vertical and 300 pixels/inch horizontal I assume is what it says out there, that it is a JPEG, and then some other interesting color information.
So, let's zoom in a bit. Let me press Command+Plus or Ctrl+Plus, so we can really click closely. Like I can click on this type, and it tells us that this blend mode is Normal again. And then the color value, it's not really clear, but this is actually CMYK: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black--and 1.0 means 100%. So this type is 100% black. It tells us the Font is ChaparralPro- Bold, and its size, and that if it's been set to overprint or not, and some other interesting information.
So, like if you get some type that won't print, you can find out what is the problem child typeface. Let's scroll down. Let's say that this image here was pixelating when I printed. If I click inside the image with the Object Inspector, I can see that maybe the problem is because of the resolution. You can see the resolution is less than 150 pixels/inch, which is way too low for high-end commercial printing. So, you can the Object Inspector to click everywhere that you would like to on a page in a PDF, and find out a ton of information that will help you to get this page to print successfully.
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- Preparing documents for print with print production tools
- Automating routine tasks with Actions
- Securing PDFs with encryption and password-protection
- Removing sensitive content with the Redaction feature
- Sharing PDFs
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