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SETTING UP FOR PDF SPECIFICATIONS:
PDF formats are quickly becoming the popular file format for sending "Camera Ready" ads, but are not easily edited or accurately preflighted. Please send test files well in advance of the ad dealine.

Here are some guides for creating high-end PDF files.

ACCEPTABLE CHECK LIST FOR CREATING PDF FILES USING ACROBAT DISTILLER 8.0:

  • Make sure ad is correct size.
  • Use PostScript Type 1 fonts or open Type fonts.
  • Save compatability as Acrobat 5.0
  • Convert all RGB images or type, tints, etc. to CMYK mode.
    USE SINGLE FILE HI-RES IMAGES ONLY 8 BIT ONLY - NO 16 BIT.
  • No electronic font modifications (bold, italic, shadowed, contoured, etc.).
  • Scan images in correct resolution (take scaling into account).
  • Delete unnecessary elements, such as Alpha Channels.
  • Delete blank pages. Ads must be single page.
  • If necessary, define page bleed.
  • PDFWriter is not recommended as a tool for producing high-end PDF's.

DISTILLER SETTINGS:

Open Distiller.
Set "Default Settings:" to "Press Quality", then go to "Settings" pulldown and select "Edit Adobe PDF Setting".

  • GENERAL:
    • FILE OPTIONS:
      Set Compatability: to "Acrobat" 5.0.
      Object-Level Compression: TAGS ONLY
      Auto-Rotate Pages: OFF
      Binding: LEFT
      Resolution: 2400
      Check: "All Pages"
      Check: "Optimize for fast Web View"
      Embed Thumbnails: "Unchecked"
    • DEFAULT PAGE SIZE:
      Units: INCHES
      Width: 9.5000
      Height: 12.0000
  • IMAGES:
    • FOR COLOR IMAGES AND GRAYSCALE IMAGES:
      Set Sampling to Bicubic Downsampling to 300 ppi, for images above: 450 ppi.
      Set Compression: to Automatic (JPEG).
      Set Image Quality: to Maximum.
    • FOR MONOCHROME IMAGES:
      Set Sampling to "Bicubic Downsampling to 1200 ppi, for images above: 1800 ppi."
      Set "Compression:" to CCITT Group 4
      Set "Anti-Alias to gray:" OFF.
  • FONTS:
    • Check: "Embed all fonts" - All else "unchecked."
      Check: Subset embedded fonts when percent of characters used is less than 100%
      Set "When embedding fails:" to Cancel job.
  • COLOR:
    • ADOBE COLOR SETTINGS:
      Settings File: NONE
      "Color Management Policies:" Convert all Colors to CMYK
      "Document Rendering Intent:" Preserve
      "Working Spaces:"
      • Gray: Dot Gain 20%
        RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1
        CMYK: U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2
    • DEVICE-DEPENDENT DATA:
      Check: Preserve Under Color Removal and Black Generation
      When transfer functions are found: "Apply"
      All else "Unchecked"
  • ADVANCED:
    • OPTIONS:
      • Check: "Allow Postscript file to overide Adobe PDF Settings"
        Check: "Convert gradients to smooth shades"
        Check: "Preserve level 2 copypage semantics"
        Check: "Preserve Overprint Settings"
        Check: "Overprinting default is nonzero overprinting"
        Check: "Save Adobe PDF Settings inside PDF file"
        Check: "Save original JPEG images in PDF if possible"
        All other boxes are "Unchecked"
    • DOCUMENT STRUCTURING CONVENTIONS (DSC):
      • Check: "Process DSC comments"
        Check: "Preserve EPS information from DSC"
        Check: "Preserve OPI comments"
        Check: "Preserve document information from DSC"
        Check: "Resize page and center artwork for EPS files"
        Others "Unchecked"
  • STANDARDS:
    • STANDARD REPORTING AND COMPLIANCE:
      Compliance Standard: NONE
      All other boxes are "Unchecked"

SAVE THESE SETTINGS FOR FUTURE USE
SUGGEST YOU NAME AS ("YOUR NAME") PRESS QUALITY

Always provide the latest laser proof when submitting a PDF.
Please print it from the PDF file.

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