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