Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Export vs. Distiller, part of InDesign Insider Training: Print PDFs.
…There are two ways to get a PDF out of InDesign.…You could choose Export from the File menu or you could use Adobe Distiller.…The best way by far is to use Export.…But, for the sake of completeness, I feel obliged…to mention both and explain why Export is better.…The Distiller method comes from the mid 1990's, when…it was the only good way to make a PDF.…The technique is relatively simple.…First, you use the print dialogue box to print a postscript file to disc.…
Then, you take that postscript file and you run…it through Acrobat Distiller, that comes with Acrobat Pro.…Now, you'll probably notice that I'm showing this to…you in slides instead of demoing the process for you.…That's because, in my opinion, it's not even worth…showing and it would raise more questions than it answers.…Now some say the primary benefit of Distiller…is that if you can get the file to…print and then distill it, then you know it…will successfully create a PDF that can be printed.…But you know, the downsides are significant.…It takes significantly longer to make a PDF because it's a two step process.…
- Comparing the Export vs. Distiller workflows
- Using Adobe PDF presets
- Adjusting image compression
- Creating a hybrid print/screen PDF
- Keeping your PDF file size small
- Batching exporting PDFs
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Why can't I open the exercise files?
A: If you cannot open the files, try the IDML file, as David explains in the third movie of the course.