Setting up Acrobat Distiller

Setting up
Acrobat Distiller
This document covers creating the settings in
Acrobat Distiller for printing PDF files that are
usable by Publication Printers.
We recommend exporting directly from your
layout program whenever possible however,
there are some exceptions such as versions of
QuarkXpress before 7.0, PageMaker and
Microsoft Office applications.
THIS DOCUMENT IS NOT INTENDED
TO REPLACE THE MANUAL FOR YOUR
SOFTWARE AND WILL NOT “FIX” FILES
THAT ARE SETUP INCORRECTLY.
It is intended to supplement your knowledge
of the software and the proper technique for
creating press ready files.
If you have questions, please contact your
Account Manager.
PLEASE NOTE:
KODAK HAS INFORMED US OF AN ISSUE WITH 3 WINDOWS FONTS. THEY ARE KALINGA, KARTIKA AND SEGOE.
THESE WILL PRODUCE UNEXPECTED RESULTED WHEN REFINED THROUGH OR FRONT-END WORKFLOW. PLEASE
AVOID USING THIS FON WHENEVER POSSIBLE. SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO USE THIS FONT, PLEASE BE SURE TO
OUTLINE IT AS WE CANNOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS FINAL OUTPUT.
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Minimum Recommended File Creation Guidelines and Potential Problems
The information below are only recommendations to assist you in setting up your publication properly.
Theese will not apply to all projects or circumstances. Please contact your Account Manager if you have questions about your project.
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The document size must be correct: We rarely print a job at 8.5x11. More common sizes are 8.375x10.875 or 8.25x10.75. This may not be your project size.
PLEASE REFER TO YOUR ESTIMATE FOR
YOUR TRIM SIZE. If your source file is not built to the correct size, the final output may not look like you expect it to.
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Bleed: We need a minimum of .125” bleed but prefer .25” bleed. If you send files with less than .25” bleed and there are elements close to trim or the file is the wrong trim size, we may have a difficult time with your job.
• Margins: We ask that you don’t place anything
important less than .25” from trim, especially type.
TRIM IS THE TOP, BOTTOM & FACE OF THE PAGE. If type, images and/or page numbers are within .25” of trim, it is possible for it to be cut off.
FOR PUBLICATIONS THAT WILL NOT
SADDLE STITCH, THE MARGIN ON THE BINDING EDGE “SPINE-SIDE” OF THE PAGE MAY NEED TO BE INCREASED TO AVOID LOSS IN THE BINDING.
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Crop Marks: We ask for NO crop marks as trim boxes are defined within PDFs if they are exported from
the Adobe products or Quark. If you want to include them, they MUST be offset .25” to ensure they are outside of the bleed area.
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Spot Colors: If your job prints in process color (CMYK) please make sure NO Spot colors are in use
in the document. Although we can convert them in our workflow, it is considered best practice to convert them before creating the PDF file.
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Fonts: Some fonts are restricted from being embedded in the PDF file by the license. Indesign will warn you
if the font cannot be embedded due to licensing
restrictions. If this happens, please either outline the text or choose a different font.
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Image Resolution: 225-300dpi at final size is
recommended for images. Enlarging images will
decrease the effective resolution while reducing images will increase the effective resolution. We flag for images under 200dpi.
The quality of the original image will be a factor in how it will re-produce. Up-sampling images in
Photoshop will not necessarily increase the quality.
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Image Color: Please make sure your images are CMYK or Grayscale. Although we can convert RGB images in our workflow, it is considered best practice to covert them before creating your PDF.
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Acrobat Preflight: If you have Acrobat 7 Professional or above, you have a fairly robust preflight tool available to you. We have a preflight profile available on our website (or we can walk you through setting up a
custom profile) you can use to preflight incoming PDFs and your final PDF to ensure nothing has gone wrong in the creation of your final print PDF.
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Rich Black Usage: Our recommended Rich Black build is C-60 M-40 Y-30 K-100. Only use this build for large, solid areas of black coverage. DO NOT use this build for body copy, thin lines or small elements.
• Registration Color: NEVER use the color “
Registration” that is in the Swatches palette. This is 100% of all colors and will not output correctly.
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Auto Color: Files and page elements that have been imported from Microsoft Word and PageMaker can sometimes use the color “Auto.” This color behaves like “Registration” color and will not output correctly.
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Fonts: Some fonts are restricted from being embedded in the PDF file by the license. Indesign will warn you
if the font cannot be embedded due to licensing
restrictions. If this happens, please either outline the text or choose a different font.
Distiller Settings
General
• Compatibility set to Acrobat 4.0(PDF1.3)
• Object-Level Compression set to Tags Only
• Auto-Rotate Pages set to Off
• Binding set to Left
• Resolution set to 2400 dots per inch
• All Pages Checked
• Default page size can be left as whatever it is when you
open this window, it won’t affect the PDF
Images
Color Images and Grayscale Images have the same settings.
• Do Not Downsample
• Compression set to Automatic (JPEG)
• Image Quality to Maximum
Monochrome Images
• Do Not Downsample
• Compression CCITT Group 4
• Anti-Alias to gray set to Off
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Fonts
• Embed all fonts should be Checked
• Subset embedded fonts when percent of characters used
should be Checked and set to 100%
• When embedding fails should be set to Cancel Job
• There should be NOTHING in the Never Embed
Fonts box
Color
• Settings File should be set to Color Management Off
• Preserve Under Color Removal should be Unchecked
• When transfer functions are found should be set to
Remove
• Preserve Halftone Information should be UnChecked
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Advanced
• The Check boxes in the screen capture to the right are
how this section needs to be set up.
Standards
• Compliance Standard should be set to None–this
should gray out the rest of the options on this screen.
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