Coprescos production department continues to field your questions about the details of making printquality PDFs.
If youre a
novice, the following instructions will show you the easiest, most painless way
to get started.
If youre an old pro, this will be a good review of the changes that have taken place in the everchanging PDF distilling process.
The most important fact to remember is that print is only one of many uses for a PDF. A PDF that is properly prepared to serve as an e-mail attachment or a Web posting is not acceptable for printing.
have Adobe Acrobat (not just Reader) installed on your computer for the
following methods to work.
And, you need to adjust your Acrobat Distiller settings. You cant just select print and choose Adobe PDF and print to file.
There are thousands of settings that can be specified when creating a PDF; actually, 1,239,864 possible combinations, by one count!
Every setting has a purpose.
Experienced users may be tempted to skip the
following instructions. Dont! As PDF becomes easier to create, it has
also become easier to inadvertently use incorrect settings, even for those who
understand the use of proper print settings.
The traditional methodthe only way you can work with Acrobat versions 5 or loweris a two-step process.
1. File>Print, select a printer such as Acrobat Distiller, check Print to File, then press Print. This creates a PostScript file with a .ps or .prn extension.
2. Open Adobe Acrobat Distiller. Using File>Open, select the Post-Script file you just created. Distiller then creates your PDF.
The one-step method uses the same process, but Distiller works behind the scenes. This is so convenient that its easy to forget to double-check your settings.
lets talk about the settings.
As we previously instructed, choose File>Print, then select Adobe PDF as the printer.
DONT PRESS PRINT YET!
Why not? Because you have no idea what settings are being applied to your PDF!
Instead, press the Properties button in the Print dialog box on Windows operating systems. If you see Adobe PDF Conversion Settings, then your computer has a newer driver that allows the one-step printing process.
On Macs, click Printer and pull down the menu that probably says Copies & Pages. Select PDF Options.
settings are actually the Distiller job options that control every aspect of
the PDF creation process.
We hope youll see Print Quality, High Quality or High Quality Print displayed as the Adobe PDF Conversion setting.
If you see Screen Optimized or Standard, youve found the reason your PDF files arent of print quality.
The options noted are not settings themselves; they are merely file names for collections of saved settings.
How do you know which settings to choose?
Youre welcome to make your own settings to
meet your various job requirements.
But, the good news is that Adobe has already constructed a Job Options setting that works pretty well for digital printing.
If you follow these steps and verify that you have the proper settings each time you create a PDF, youll have a top-notch, print-quality job.
forget the final step that is essential for best quality. Send your PDF to
And stay tuned for more details on PDF workflow in the May issue of Overnight Lite.
need help with books and manuals, call the company that has the technical
skills to make all of your print files look great.
Whats the difference between high
quality and press quality or print optimized and
press opti-mized? Youll see both settings when you follow the
instructions in column two.
Acrobat uses the term press for settings better suited to conventional offset printing, whereas print refers to digital printing.
Will Acrobats press settings work at Copresco? Sure. The disadvantage: Your PDF file size will be larger than necessary.
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