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How do I prepare a press ready PDF file?

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Old 07-19-2008, 05:06 PM
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Newbie How do I prepare a press ready PDF file?

I'd like to learn how to prepare a press ready (with crop marks) PDF file Adobe InDesign CS2. I'm working with a full page still life (TIF), logo and some small text. Are there any tutorials out there?

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Old 07-19-2008, 05:14 PM
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Re: How do I prepare a press ready PDF file?

there is a lot of info under the HELP menu within indesign...
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Old 07-19-2008, 05:28 PM
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Re: How do I prepare a press ready PDF file?

Excuse my ignorance but I've never used InDesign and have never made a press ready PDF... It seems rather complicated (and to make things worse, it's in Italian)! I am, however, very familiar with Photoshop.
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Old 07-19-2008, 05:40 PM
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Re: How do I prepare a press ready PDF file?

In ID: File > Print > Adobe PDF Presets > Pick Press,

In InDesign:

Choose File > Print.
Click Marks and Bleed on the left side of the Print dialog box.
Select either All Printer’s Marks or individual marks.


The file shoud in your CMYK mode first....In Photoshop, Save As..... Photoshop PDF, in the dialog boxes choose "Press Quality".

**** The people recieving the file should tell everything you should do to prepare a file for them. (profiles and separations, PDF settings....)
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:01 PM
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Re: How do I prepare a press ready PDF file?

Thanks Smak!

The people that are receiving the file simply said "PDF" and couldn't give me further info... That, I can do. I don't understand the profiles, separations, etc... Looks like I have some homework!

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Old 07-19-2008, 06:49 PM
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Re: How do I prepare a press ready PDF file?

Profiles and color management and cmyk conversion is the most difficult thing to learn. It is just hard! I wish you good luck!
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:31 PM
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Re: How do I prepare a press ready PDF file?

Ciao Smak,

I didn't think it would be easy... I'll stick with designing handbags and have a graphic artist create the PDF's!

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