Lesson 10: Preparing Files for Output from InDesign


Designing your document is only half the job. You still need to deliver it, whether to a commercial printer, the Web, or colleagues and coworkers. To help you, InDesign offers multiple methods for proofing and packaging your files, as well as flexible export controls to PDF.

What you’ll learn in this lesson:

  • Preflighting your document
  • Building a Live Preflight profile
  • Packaging your document for distribution
  • Creating and customizing a PDF file
  • Printing a proof

Starting up

Before starting, make sure that your tools and panels are consistent by resetting your preferences. See “Resetting the InDesign workspace and preferences” in the Starting up section of this book.

You will work with several files from the id10lessons folder in this lesson. Make sure that you have copied the idlessons folder onto your hard drive from www.digitalclassroombooks.com/epub/indesigncc. See “Loading lesson files” in the Starting up section of this book. This lesson may be easier to follow if the id10lessons folder is on your desktop.

For this lesson, you need either Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader to view the PDF files you will create. If necessary, you can download the free Adobe Reader at get.adobe.com/reader.

The project

To sample the PDF and print-related controls offered by InDesign, you will prepare a car ad for delivery to multiple customers. ...

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