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Adobe Creative Suite 5/5.5 Printing Guide

Adobe Creative Suite 5/5.5 Printing Guide

Adobe is dedicated to providing software that allows designers to express their visual ideas, while providing tools and resources to printers to ensure that those ideas print as intended. While designers explore the creative features of Adobe Photoshop® CS5, Adobe InDesign® CS5/5.5, and Adobe Illustrator® CS5, as well as the capabilities of Acrobat® X Pro, printers need to take a rather different approach. You might call it “reverse engineering”— inspecting, analyzing, and, if necessary, modifying customer files to facilitate printing. While this document is focused on the needs and requirements of printers, it is also useful for production artists who are preparing files for print.

This guide serves as both a detailed technical reference for handling Creative Suite 5/5.5 files from your customers, and as a training tool for your staff.

For example, this guide will introduce you to forensic tools, such as the Overprint Preview option in Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat X Pro, as well as the Output Preview function in Acrobat, all of which are invaluable in highlighting potential problems. The earlier you can pinpoint problems in a job, the less expensive and complicated they are to rectify.

The integration between components in the Creative Suite 5 family allows for such productivity enhancing features as shared color management settings, common PDF presets files, shared color swatches, and the ability to use native files—such as Photoshop .psd, Illustrator .ai, Acrobat .pdf, and even InDesign .indd formats—as artwork. Since there is so much “common ground,” this section addresses features and issues that are the same across many of the Creative Suite 5 components.

The Adobe PDF Print Engine is not a shrink-wrapped product. It is a printing platform based on PDF and other Adobe core technologies. OEM RIPs and workflow systems incorporating the PDF Print Engine can process PDF files natively (without converting data to PostScript® or a proprietary intermediate format), thus maintaining live transparency. Being able to use native, unconverted (and unflattened) PDF files throughout a workflow provides a complete, end-to-end PDF environment that uses common technology to generate, preview, and print PDF files.
The Adobe PDF Library is used consistently by Creative Suite 5 components which generate PDFs natively (that is, without needing to generate PostScript and distill). Consequently, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop can directly generate PDF files without the need for Acrobat Distiller®. Of course, Distiller is still available to convert PostScript files into PDFs if necessary, but directly exporting PDF files is the recommended method of creating PDF files. It’s faster and easier to generate PDF files through direct export and, in addition, if you wish to maintain live transparency (if your RIP supports it, as all Adobe PDF Print Engine-based RIPs do), directly exporting PDFs is the only way to do so.

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