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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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PDF Creation Methods

There are multiple methods for generating PDF files from InDesign files.

  • Export to PDF: You’ll be happy to know that the easy way is usually the best way—how often does that happen? A PDF file generated via InDesign’s direct export (File > Export, and choose Adobe PDF as the export format) is as digestible as one created by distilling PostScript. And, most important, there’s less chance of vector and text content being rasterized during a direct export. Like Illustrator and Photoshop, InDesign contains the necessary resources to create PDF files without invoking Acrobat Distiller. Unless your recipient instructs you otherwise, use File > Export, and then choose the PDF/X-1a setting.

  • Print to Adobe PDF: By default, this approach ...

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