How do I get a high quality PDF file?

By March 23, 2006


Is it possible to create a high quality PDF file from InDesign that is as good as the original InDesign digital files? If I do convert to PDF, will all the linked EPS drawings, fonts, and linked photos be included?

Before changing a workflow in which you send PDF files to your printer, make sure your printer is comfortable with PDF files and that you have "a meeting of the minds" in terms of what type of PDF files you will deliver and how they are created. Printers that routinely are successful receiving and printing PDF files will generally advise you as to which InDesign PDF settings ("Job options") to use.

Note that switching to a PDF workflow puts the burden of creating technically correct content and performing preflight on you as opposed to letting the printer do all that work. On the other hand, once you have mastered the process, a PDF print workflow should streamline the process of getting to press once you have delivered the PDF files to your printer.

Figure 1: The Export Adobe PDF dialog box found in the Adobe Creative Suite 2 applications, including InDesign

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