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

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PDF Settings and Some Important Standards

The default PDF-creation settings that are available in the Creative Suite applications include a wide spectrum of presets for generating PDF files (Table 12.1). Settings such as Standard, Smallest File Size, and Press Quality give some hint of what kind of PDF file they’re intended to create. The PDF/X and PDF/A settings are based on standards intended to ensure that a PDF behaves as expected. The X in PDF/X-1a stands for “exchange,” signifying that a PDF complying with one of the PDF/X standards can be exchanged between the PDF’s originator and recipients with some assurance the recipient will get a usable file. The PDF/A settings are based on standards geared toward long-term archiving and retrieval ...

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