PDF Guidelines

A PDF, or Portable Document Format, file is usually smaller and self-contained. It is a format that includes the document, text, images and vector graphics. If a PDF is written correctly, there is no reason to send the “collected” files, and the potential issues that come with them are eliminated. The following link will assist in this educational process.

Quality PDFs can be sent from the major design programs—QuarkXPress® and InDesign®. Other programs provide opportunities to create PDFs too. Check the program's online help guide to establish if the program has the ability to create high-end PDFs.

InDesign®

Mac Settings

Step 1: Loading the Output Style

* For version CS3 and prior: Please submit the native file, all supporting fonts and images. Corporate Graphics will open your file using InDesign CCS and write a PDF. Please request a proof to make sure all fonts, images and text are as intended. 

A. Download output styles and color settings below. 

Click here to download settings for InDesign (Mac)

B. Unzipped downloaded files and move the files into the following locations on your MAC.

GRACol2006_Coated1v2.icc place in the following folder:

Hard drive >> Library >> Application Support >> Adobe >> Color >> Profiles >> Recommended

CG_Indesign_ColorSettings.csf place in the following folder: 

Hard drive >> Library >> Application Support >> Adobe >> Color >> Settings >> Recommended

CG_pdfx4.joboptions with InDesign open, load

1. File >> Adobe PDF Presets >> Define
2. In Adobe PDF Presets Window >> Load
3. Highlight CG_pdfx4.joboption >> Open
4. In Adobe PDF Preset Window >> Done


Step 2: Turn on Color Settings

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A. Open InDesign CS4, CS5, CS6 or CC. Be sure all documents are closed.

B. Edit >> Color Settings, select CG_InDesign_ColorSettings

Click OK.

 

 

 


Step 3: Writing a PDF

Make sure that all instructions in steps 1-2 have been followed before writing a PDF.

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A. Open your document.

B. Under File >> Export.

C. Name your pdf.

In CS4, Select Adobe PDF >> Save.

 

 

 

 

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In CS5, CS6 or CC, you will need to choose Adobe PDF (Print) (not Adobe PDF (Interactive)) >> Save

 

 

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D. Under Adobe PDF Preset: Select CG_pdfx4 >> Export

 


Photoshop®

Mac Settings

Step 1: Loading the Output Style

A. Download output styles and color settings below. 

Click here to download settings for Photoshop Mac

B. Unzipped downloaded files and move the files into the following locations on your MAC.

GRACol2006_Coated1v2.icc place in the following folder:
Hard drive>>Library>>Application Support>>Adobe>>Color>>Profiles.

CCG_CS3.joboptions OR CG_pdfx4.joboptions place in the following folder:
Hard drive>>Library>>Application Support>>Adobe>>Adobe PDF>>Settings.

CG_InDesign_ColorSettings.csf place in the following folder:
Hard drive>>Library>>Application Support>>Adobe>>Color>>Settings>>Recommended


Step 2: Turn on Color Settings

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A. Open Photoshop. Be sure all documents are closed.

B. Edit>>Color Settings, select CG_Photoshop_ColorSettings

Click OK.

 

 


Step 3: Writing a PDF

Make sure that all instructions in steps 1-2 have been followed before writing a PDF.

A. Keep file as layers. Do NOT Flatten. This will help hold the integrity of any type created in photoshop. 

B. Under File>>Save As>>Name your file.

C. Under Format, select Photoshop PDF.

Make sure Embed Color Profile is checked. 

 

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D. Under Adobe PDF Preset:

Select CG_Photoshop>>Save PDF