The Advanced options of the Publish Online dialog provide the opportunity to further refine how your document appears when it is published. Diane Burns explains the various options for setting a cover page, image options and using PDF presets to control the appearance of the PDF file that can be downloaded with your Publish Online document.
- [Voiceover] Let's take a look at the advanced options for publish online. First, choose a cover thumbnail, by default, this will be the first page of your document, but you can also choose another page inside your document or you can choose an external image to be the cover thumbnail. Keep in mind that this image is a thumbnail and not a cover to your document in any way. The first page that will display in your browser is always the first page of the document that you've published. As the text here tells us, this thumbnail image will only appear when you share this document on social media and it also shows up in our web dashboard.
So, if you choose an external file, it doesn't need to be particularly high-res, 72 ppi is fine and you can use jpeg, png, or gif files. For image settings I recommend that you leave the format set to automatic. InDesign does a pretty good job of converting images, usually to either jpeg or png files and not gif so much. The only decision that you'll really need to make is the resolution of your published document. You can choose low-res, but I recommend you stick with standard 96 ppi resolution.
You can choose high DPI 144 ppi, but as this warning tells us, when you do that, it can really increase the amount of time it takes for your pages to load and that's not good especially if people don't have super-fast internet connections. So, again I recommend just stay with the default, 96 ppi. In any example I've seen, this has always given really good results. Finally, if you allowed PDF's to be downloaded in the gerneral options, here, go back to advanced.
Then you will have a list of print PDF presets that you can choose from for the PDF that will be downloaded. You can include custom presets here, I'm not sure why it's print PDF presets and not interactive but that's what we have for now. With advanced options, there's often nothing that needs to be changed. Just remember these settings are sticky, so if you've changed something in a previous session, be sure to check it before you publish your document again.
Learn what Publish Online can and cannot do, and how to adjust the publication settings to make sure documents look the way you want. Find out how to upload documents to the web and then share them via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Then look at the navigation and interface options used when viewing published documents, and learn how to update your published documents online. Author Diane Burns concludes with some advanced techniques, such as embedding published documents in websites and creating customized thumbnails for document navigation.
- Previewing real-world Publish Online documents
- Changing the publishing settings
- Uploading documents to Adobe servers
- Updating published documents
- Sharing documents via social media and email
- Using the Publications dashboard
- Understanding document analytics
- Viewing documents online
- Embedding documents on websites
- Adding projects to Behance