Step 1: Creating a New Document
After launching your InDesign application,
- Choose File > New > Document… (See Figure 1)
- Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+N for PC users, Cmd+N for Mac users
When the New Document window appears, (See Figure 2)
- Set the Width & Height of your artwork to the final size of the product you are creating. You can refer to this table for a quick list of product dimensions.
- Set the Bleed to 1/8″ (0.125) on all four side of the artwork. This will allow an extra 1/8″ (0.125″) on each side of the card, which will be trimmed after the printing is complete. Please see more information about bleeds below.
Step 2: Exporting your Files
When you have completed your design, and checked it against the guidelines above, proceed with the steps below.
To export your files, choose File > Export…
When the Export window appears, (See Figure 3)
- Enter a name for your file.
- Choose a location to save the PDF.
- Select Adobe PDF from the Format dropdown.
- Click Save.
Once you click the Save button, the Export Adobe PDF window will appear (See Figure 4)
- Choose Press Quality from the Adobe PDF Preset dropdown
- From the General tab, find the Pages section and select All.
- If your document is a catalog, calendar, or any document with more than 4 pages, please leave the Spreads checkbox unchecked.
From the Compression tab (See Figure 5)
- Under Compression options , select Do Not Downsample and Compression:None for all three image types.
- Check the Compress Text and Line Art and Crop Image Data to Frames checkboxes.
From the Marks and Bleeds tab (See Figure 6)
- Under Marks options, check the Crop Marks checkbox and set the Offset to at least 0.1 in.
- Under the Bleed and Slug options enter 0.125 in for each side of the document. (Note: This should already be set properly from the New Document window in Step 1.)
From the Output tab (See Figure 7)
- Under Color options, select No Color Conversion from the Color Converstion dropdown.
- Click the Ink Manager… button.
From the Ink Manager window (See Figure 8)
- Check the All Spots to Process checkbox, and click the OK Button. (Note: PrintRunner does not print spot colors unless you have placed a custom order through our Sales Department. Click Here to request a quote.)
- Click the OK button.
Back in the Export Adobe PDF window, we recommend saving these export settings as a new Preset (See Figure 9)
- Click the Save Preset… button at the lower left side of the window
- Enter a Name for the preset (Example: PR_HiRes), and click the OK Button.
- Click the Export button, to complete the PDF Export process.
We recommend you open your PDF and check that it was created correctly before submitting to PrintRunner.