InDesign Insider Training: Print PDFs

with David Blatner
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InDesign Insider Training: Print PDFs
Video duration: 0s 1h 16m Intermediate


Making a PDF: it seems like such an easy thing, but it's the way you make the PDF and the settings you choose that make a huge difference in quality, not to mention whether your printer will accept or reject your file. Learn everything you need to know to create a great print PDF with Adobe InDesign from insider David Blatner. David covers terminology, destination considerations, transparency flattening, and Adobe's large selection of presets. Once you have the basics out of the way, he'll show you how to optimize your PDFs for print and address common scenarios PDF designers face, like converting text to outlines and creating PDFs for email.

Topics include:
  • 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


- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm David Blatner, the co-host of and this is InDesign Insider Training: Print PDFs. In this title, I'm going to teach you how to make great PDF files. I start with a bunch of critical but basic information about PDFs that most InDesign users never get around to learning. I'll explain all the confusing terminology involved, including presets such as PDFX1A, transparency flattening, I'll talk about tagging and what that is, and also why you need to pay attention to image compression.

I then jump into how to optimize your PDFs. Finally, I talk about the most common PDF scenarios, like converting all your text to outlines, or creating a small PDF suitable for emailing or downloading from a website. I'm glad you're here, because being able to make a good quality PDF is a critical skill in today's world. Let's see how it's done.

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