Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Making a print-ready PDF, part of Designing a Magazine Cover.
So, I have preflighted my magazine cover document using the Preflight Profile created in the previous movie,…we have no errors, and we are now ready to make a print-ready PDF to send to the commercial printer.…The exact PDF settings you choose will vary according to how and where your cover will be printed.…As I mentioned in an earlier movie, a very useful tool is the telephone.…Talk to--or better still--meet in person your printer to discuss the needs of your project,…including expectations and costs.…
To create the PDF, I am going to use a slightly modified version of the PDF/X-1a standard.…The PDF/X standards have been created to ensure predictable and consistent printing in a professional print environment.…PDF/X-1a is the standard recommended by the Professional Publishers Association or PPA,…a publishing industry body which promotes best practice in the UK magazine industry.…It ensures that all colors in the InDesign document are converted to CMYK colors using…the CMYK working space as defined in the Color Settings dialog box.…
- The history of magazine covers
- Choosing a cover image
- Making color and tonal adjustments to the image
- Placing and positioning the masthead
- Positioning, scaling, and cropping the cover image
- Creating a color palette
- Adding cover text
- Creating a peeling sticker effect
- Preparing for print
Skill Level Intermediate
1. An Overview of Magazine Cover Design
2. Planning the Cover
3. Creating the Cover in InDesign
4. Preparing for Print
5. Alternative Workflows: Photoshop
6. Alternative Workflows: Illustrator
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