A practical, nuts-and-bolts look at working with PDFs in a production environment.
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- Greetings, I'm Russel Veers and I've been in the newspaper business since 1981. And for the past 14 years I traveled the world working with newspapers teaching skills that allow them to work faster, improve quality, and continue to adapt to modern technology. I'm an Adobe-certified instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign but I've also taught my share of cork express page maker over the years. Production people at newspapers have had a love-hate relationship with PDFs since they were introduced in the mid-90s.
We love them when they work, we hate them when they don't. I'll bet that right now you can name three customers who habitually make PDFs that ruin your day. What inspired me to make this course was watching so many people creating problems that weren't in the original PDF. Okay, so the PDF wasn't perfect but you just did to fix it made it worse. All you had to do was invert spatial process or touch up the image, of any number of other fixes, we're going to cover in this course. This is not an Acrobat class.
This is a PDF class on how to find and address common problems in PDFs before you send them to press. What's missing from this video is what's unique to your workflow. Are you using older imaging equipment that's causing problems or are you laying out your ads and pages in old pagination software that's making matters worse? When you're done watching, there still will be PDFs that are problematic. But, you will leave armed with the knowledge to dramatically reduce the time you spend working with PDFs. So, even though learning PDFs isn't the most exciting thing you can watch, I'm anxious to show you these 11 things that I think every newspaper production person should know about PDFs.
- Checking out the PDF
- Digging deeper with the Output Preview panel
- Simple fixes with the TouchUp tools
- Converting colors
- Managing transparency
- Working with fonts
- Preflighting PDFs
- Repairing PDFs with Photoshop and Illustrator
- Exporting vs. printing and distilling