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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 uses Distiller as the target printer, following the PDF job options last used by Distiller. However, you can change those settings by clicking the Printer button at the bottom of the Print dialog. In the dialog that follows, change Printer to Adobe PDF, and then click the Copies & Pages list and select PDF Options. Then you’ll be able to choose from the full range of Distiller job options from the Adobe PDF Settings list. There’s rarely a reason to use this method to create a PDF: Transparency is flattened, and it’s the long way around.

  • Acrobat Distiller: Generate PostScript by selecting File > Print, and then selecting PostScript File for the printer. For PPD (PostScript Printer Definition), choose Adobe PDF unless instructed otherwise. Use Acrobat Distiller to convert the PostScript to PDF. Whereas this long-winded approach was previously recommended to minimize CID (Character ID) font encoding, you’ll achieve equivalent results by exporting from InDesign. You may still encounter instances of CID font encoding in a directly exported or distilled PDF, since some glyphs must be CID-encoded regardless of the method of PDF creation. Current RIPs shouldn’t have any difficulty with the fully compliant PDFs created by using File > Export.

  • Save As PDF (Mac only): The Macintosh operating system offers a built-in approach to creating PDF files. You’ll encounter a Save As PDF option in Print dialogs in OS X 10.3.9 and earlier. In 10.4 and later, you’ll see just a PDF button. While this method is acceptable for PDF files intended for a quick-and-dirty email attachment, it does not offer appropriate controls for making a print-ready PDF file.


  

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