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From Design Into Print: Preparing Graphics and Text for Professional Printing by Sandee Cohen

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Chapter 17. Acrobat and PDF Files

Creating a PDF document is similar to packing for a trip. When I go on a trip I put everything I need—clothes, shoes, toiletries, computer cables—neatly into a suitcase. I may use a list to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything. I put a tag on the bag in case it gets lost in transit. Finally I zip up all the compartments to make sure no one opens the bag and that nothing falls out.

The process is similar when you create a PDF file that you want to send to a print service provider. (PDF stands for portable document format.) When you create a PDF document, you have packed all the pages, layout, images, and even fonts into the PDF suitcase (wrapper) that holds all the information needed to print the document. There’s ...

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