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How to Export Your InDesign Print Document PDF

Also in the InDesign Document Prep Series:
InDesign Interactive Document Preflight Check
Prep Your InDesign File For Printing
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In this post, I will show you how to export a print-ready PDF from your InDesign document. Print-ready PDFs are useful for simple print jobs that don’t require a large number of revisions. They eliminate the number of files you need to send to the printer and create a simpler workflow between you and the printer.

Characteristics of a Print-Ready PDF

  • The file is supplied as four-colour process CMYK and not RGB colour space. If you are unfamiliar with this terminology don’t worry, we will convert it for you, though some colours may look washed out.
  • The document’s page size is the finished trim size.
  • Fonts are embedded or converted to outlines so no fonts are needed.
  • All scans resolution are 300 dpi at 100% of the final image size.
  • Images are embedded in the file.
  • Files are supplied with .25″  bleed.
  • Any trim, score or fold marks are indicated and outside the live print area.


InDesign Print Document PDF Export

1. File>Export or Ctrl+E.
2. Save as Adobe Print (PDF).
3. Under Adobe PDF Preset, select “[Press Quality]”. Under General Settings, select “Pages”.
4. Uncheck “Optimize for Fast Web View (this will add “modified” to the PDF preset).
5. Optional: check “View PDF after exporting”.

InDesign Print Document PDF Export

6. Under Marks and Bleeds, select “All Printers Marks,” and “Use Document Bleed and Slug Settings”.
7. Click Export to complete process.

Export InDesign Print

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