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Old 06-15-2007, 02:47 PM   #1
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Default help with preparing a InDesign CS2 file for print

I am guessing that my problems probably seem simple to most to know anything about printing, but I don't know anything.

I have a 12 page file I need to get prepared for printing. I outputted a X1a PDF and sent that off to our client and then to their printers. The printers emailed back a list of things that are wrong with the PDF. I don't even understand their terminolgy entirely. A few examples of the issues:

Page 2 top and bottom photo bleed is missing.
Page 4 shadow below blue bar has no bleed.
Page 5 top and bottom photo bleed is missing.
Page 6 top photo bleed is missing.
Page 7 bottom photo bleed is missing.
Page 8 both images are low resolution.
Page 8 shadow below red bar has no bleed.
Page 10 shadow below both bars have no bleed.
Page 11 red bar has short bleed.
Page 11 shadow below red bar has no bleed.

The terminology like bleed is missing, or no bleed, short bleed. I just don't get what it is referring to. I set the bleed to 1/8" in the InDesign fle. Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Old 06-15-2007, 03:30 PM   #2
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I set the bleed to 1/8" in the InDesign fle.
Okay, that's a good start. You should see a red line 1/8" outside the edge of the page. Each of the things (like a photo or a color bar) that go to the edge of the page needs to continue out until it touches that line.

When you want to print something to the edge of a page, you must print it on a larger sheet of paper, which is trimmed back to where the page is supposed to end. Anything that goes to the edge must continue past the edge (this is the bleed) so if the paper is not trimmed perfectly there will not be an ugly and noticable white line beside it.

   
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Okay, that's a good start. You should see a red line 1/8" outside the edge of the page. Each of the things (like a photo or a color bar) that go to the edge of the page needs to continue out until it touches that line.

When you want to print something to the edge of a page, you must print it on a larger sheet of paper, which is trimmed back to where the page is supposed to end. Anything that goes to the edge must continue past the edge (this is the bleed) so if the paper is not trimmed perfectly there will not be an ugly and noticable white line beside it.
Thanks for the help. I see the bleed line the images do actually go past the bleed line. I was a little confused about how an a red bar could not have a bleed, or could have short bleed.

Is it possible that my InDesign file is OK, and the bleed stuff is getting messed up when I print to a PDF? Thanks for any help. This printing stuff is giving me a headache.
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Old 06-15-2007, 04:08 PM   #4
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Is it possible that my InDesign file is OK, and the bleed stuff is getting messed up when I print to a PDF?
Yes, very possible, you need to set bleed when exporting pdf. Go to this link and click on the indesign link, and make sure your pdf export settings are the same.

http://efiles.sjpg.com/Login.aspx?Re...eDownload.aspx

   
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Go to this link and click on the indesign link, and make sure your pdf export settings are the same.

http://efiles.sjpg.com/Login.aspx?Re...eDownload.aspx
Shouldn't the 'Use doucument bleed settings' option be checked? Otherwise only the page area will be included.

   
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Shouldn't the 'Use doucument bleed settings' option be checked? Otherwise only the page area will be included.
No. The document bleed settings could be set to zero.

   
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Is it possible that my InDesign file is OK, and the bleed stuff is getting messed up when I print to a PDF?
Not only is that possible, but the pdf settings could also be the cause of your two photos not having enough resolution.

   
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