Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video publishing a PDF, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12.
- Here is something else that's not entirely new to Corel Draw 12, but it's something that too often gets overlooked and it has been improved, enhanced, is the Publish to PDF feature. Many people don't realize that when they're using a version of Corel Draw, they're using a full PDF publisher as well. In this version, the PDF publisher has been tweaked out quite a bit to include new features and new functionality. Let me just show you this with this page that we have here. This is an example, a real small sample layout of something that you may want to create a published document for sharing.
So I will take File, Publish to PDF, and I'll give it a name here real quick. I'm gonna call this PDF Example. Take a look at the Settings. Now right away you can see here in my PDF Style I have a PDF for Document Distribution. This is one of the new things. Your PDF Styles used to include Prepress and the Web, PDF/X-1, that was it. Now we have PDF Document for Distribution or a PDF Document for Editing, which has no security settings.
We've included PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3, which are new formats that have been included in the latest version of Adobe Acrobat. If you are not familiar with the PDF/X standard, let me just give you a quick history on it. PDF/X is specific for graphic professionals. It has eliminated a lot of the extraneous information that can make your document ambiguous to publishing tools, and it's made entirely for sharing your document out to a service bureau or somebody's who gonna do professional printing for you.
Now these settings are exposed right here in your Save dialog box. If I go into Settings, you're gonna see a full, for anybody who uses a copy of Distiller, you're gonna recognize a lot of these features and functions here. So you have a very powerful publishing tool right at your fingertips inside of Draw by default. I have one issue. The issue is that the document contains small fonts and it explains to me, so this is one of the preflight engines coming into play. The preflight engine does appear in your printing and all your publishing.
It's warning me that some presses are gonna have difficulty with this small font, and giving me some suggestions on how to fix it. I'm not concerned with that so let's keep looking at the features. Something else that's been added that's brand new is Adobe Acrobat 5 support. For those of you who are familiar with it, the naming convention of your file formats is one behind the version, so this Adobe Acrobat 5.0 is the current Adobe Acrobat 6.0's file format. So that's been added. Plus you see here the X-1a and X-3.
You see you have complete control over how your objects are being converted, the color and the clarity of the graphics that you're using, including hyperlinks and bookmarks, some prepress options. The Advanced tab, again you have some more control over your graphics as they're being expressed out to your PDF, hoping that it's going to make it easier for your audience to digest that PDF file. So that's something that I wanted to cover real quick just to make sure you saw the few enhancements and we're just generally aware that the Publish to PDF feature is available inside of Draw.
You can literally publish anything that you want into a fantastic PDF file.