Transparency, Fonts, and Outlines

When it was first introduced by Adobe, transparency was (and to some degree, still is) a bane to the prepress production community. Transparency gives creatives the ability to incorporate elements into their designs that previously were not possible. However, if transparency is not used judiciously in a document, problems can arise when the job is printed on press. One of the most common situation... »

Preflight Success: Tips for Designers and a Free Preflight Checklist

Just as a pilot performs a number of system checks on the airplane before take off, it’s important to make sure that a print project doesn’t contain any serious errors that will prevent it from printing successfully. Preflighting for print production is about examining all of the components that make up an eventual printed piece and comparing them against a checklist of potential known issues. If ... »

PDF Image Compression Demystified in Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud applications, such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Distiller offer the option of compressing image and text files in PDF documents. With the right settings, compression will reduce file size without sacrificing image quality. If you absolutely wish to avoid any chance of image quality being degraded due to compression, uncheck all of the boxes under the Images tab. The drawback ... »

Overprint Preview in Acrobat

PDF files are the most common form of soft proofing in the printing industry. You’ll want to be sure that you (and your customers!) are viewing color as accurately as possible when approving PDFs for print production. This means making sure the color is accurate and that you’re viewing exactly how inks (and objects!) will overprint when the ink hits the paper. Acrobat and Reader both have an Overp... »

Gradients and Banding–How to Deal with It

Gradients and Banding–How to Deal with It

When they’re created properly, gradients are a great way to add flair to any design. When created improperly, banding can occur. Banding is visible when each available shade covers an area large enough for you to see individual strips of that color. Why does banding happen? All output devices are binary, and therefore cannot print shades of ink or toner. Instead, various sized dots (AM screening) ... »

When You Should Not Use a Font

All of the fonts that you have installed on your hard drive––Type 1, TrueType, and OpenType–do you know where they came from? Were they purchased from a reputable font foundry, or were they acquired from a freeware site? The reason why this question is so important is because both Truetype and OpenType fonts can contain restrictions that will prohibit them from being embedded in a PDF file. That’s... »

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