PDF Export Settings for InDesign Users

Exporting InDesign Files as PDF’s: 

Creating PDF’s is generally the best workflow for the ImageNest RIP but Adobe Indesign can export PDF files several different ways depending on an individuals particular requirements.  Each method will result in dramatically different results so be extra careful to check all settings in the Adobe InDesign Export PDF dialog to make sure that everything is set correctly.  If you have further questions please don’tt hesitate to contact us.  We are always happy to help.

In Design PDF Export DialogSettings for Customers who want to create PDF’s at full color gamut: 

The settings to the right are best for users who wish to retain all color possible.  This is ideal for Posters and other final output that will not be reproduced on a press (not ideal for pre-press proofing).   The Color Conversion dialog should be set to NO COLOR CONVERSION.  This will ensure that your embedded profiles are not change and the RGB files remain RGB (to preserve their larger color gamut) and that CMYK files remain CMYK files.

Other InDesign settings that can be selected on the left (General, Compression, etc) can be set to a users own preferences without effecting color.  The output setting (detailed right) is the only setting that will effect color.

In Design PDF Export Dialog for Pre-PressSettings for Customers who want to Create PDF’s for Pre-Press Proofing:

The settings to the right are best for users who wish to create a PDF for proofing purposes.  These settings will automatically convert all elements in a pdf to a destination profile and destination color space.  All elements will be rendered to the destination profile and color space selected.

Color Conversion:  Should be set to €œConvert to destination€.  This will ensure that all elements are put into both the ICC profile selected in the €œDestination€ dialog and the color space of the profile selected in the Destination dialog.

Destination:  The destination should be whatever profile most accurately represents the color gamut of the press being proofed for.  US Sheetfed Coated V2 and US web coated V2 are popular choices but many modern presses are capable of a larger color gamut.

Other InDesign settings that can be selected on the left (General, Compression, etc) can be set to a users own preferences without effecting color.  The output setting (detailed right) is the only PDF export setting that will effect color.

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