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    Best supplied file format Prepress to print

    Hi, I was wanting to know what people believe is the best format to supply a printing company my work so they have a hassle free experience producing my work from prepress to print. i.e. pdf or in design files with images and fonts.
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    pdf with embedded fonts

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    PDF is good. You can use pitstop pro to curve fonts, incase you have any problems with font embedded PDF files.

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    PDF/X is the standard format for print. Supply live files if major changes are to made downstream.

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    PDF is good format for print.Because pdf is workflow file format
    you can use "plug_ins" to edit pdf files (For example:pitstop ,heidelberg toolbox)

    The standard pdf format for print

    no OPI
    no icc embedded
    embedded fonts or fonts outline
    no Low resolution pictutes
    no RGB model
    no lab model
    no white overprint

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    Quote Originally Posted by univers1314 View Post
    PDF is good format for print.Because pdf is workflow file format
    you can use "plug_ins" to edit pdf files (For example:pitstop ,heidelberg toolbox)

    The standard pdf format for print

    no OPI
    no icc embedded
    embedded fonts or fonts outline
    no Low resolution pictutes
    no RGB model
    no lab model
    no white overprint
    very good idea!

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    pdf sure!

    PDF is the best format for print

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    PDF is not a wizard-stick that transforms any crap in a printable file! so, PDF is the best format for print ONLY if you know how to make a good native file, and how to make a good PDF from this native file!!!

    Otherwise, a badly made PDF can be a real pain in the ass, and the time lost to fix all its issues can become hugely greater than working directly on the native file.


    So, before sending a PDF to your printer, just ask yourself 3 questions:
    - do I know this job enough to make a perfect native file?
    - do I know PDF enough to make a perfect PDF?
    - do I know the job and the PDF enough to control my PDF?
    If you cannot answer "yes" to these 3 questions, you'll better have to find a printer who will accept native InDesign files, and will accept to fix all its issues.

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    More PDF ideas

    I work at a medium sized printing house.
    As you can gather from all of the above posts - PDF is the preferable format in most cases.
    But, the PDF must be created in the correct manner in order to get high quality output and avoid errors.
    The best tip given: no OPI
    no icc embedded
    embedded fonts or fonts outline etc. etc.
    I would also add that it is a good idea to talk with your printer and see if they have any specific settings that they require.
    Also - it's a good idea to learn about bleeds and to include them in your artwork if necessary. Omission of bleeds is the problem we face most often (aside from badly formed PDF files)
    You can try to create PDF/X files if your program has the option.
    Lastly - you can preflight the files using Acrobats preflight option or any other preflight software to make sure that the files are good for printing.

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    I agree with all of the comments in regards to PDF being the best format to print. Embedded fonts or outlined fonts will always produced the best results opposed to raster graphics.

    If you're printing a purely rasterized image, that is a different story. Uncompressed TIFF or even PSD files are fine for direct print.

    It all depends on the job.

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    i like PostScript level 3
    you can make PDF with diff setting from it (for mail, for offset print, ink jet print)

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    pdf with fonts outlined

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    PDF using one of the presets you could find here: [URL="http://www.gwg.org/applicationsettings.phtml"]link[/URL].

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim View Post
    i like PostScript level 3
    you can make PDF with diff setting from it (for mail, for offset print, ink jet print)
    and olso postscript are better for image

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    PDF/X4 with fonts embedded and colours converted to destination. Ask the printer what the destination should be. Also make sure the bleed and trim boxes are set correctly.

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