How to Export a Color-Managed PDF File in Adobe InDesign

More often than not, when providing a file to a printer, it will be as a PDF. InDesign provides color-management tools when creating the PDF. It is always good practice to check with your print provider to verify their requirements.

  1. Go to the File menu and select Export.
    Export in File Menu

  2. Navigate to the location where you wish to save the file, select Adobe PDF (Print) from the Save As Type menu, and click Save.
    Export Dialog Box

  3. In the next dialog box, select Press Quality from the Adobe PDF Preset menu, then go to the list at the left and click Output.
    PDF Preset Options

  4. Click the Destination menu. In the U.S., there's only four options you're likely to use. Sheetfed or Web refers to the kind of printing press the project is being printed on. Coated or Uncoated refers to the kind of paper being used. Your print provider can supply this information. Once you have chosen the destination, click the Profile Inclusion Policy menu and choose Include Destination Profile, then click Export.
    PDF Output Options
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Kate Cahill is a graphic designer, writer, and creative director who has developed content for print and web. As creative director, she has produced award-winning work for agencies focused on the pharmaceutical and health and beauty aid industries. She has also served as production manager, with responsibility for the successful fulfillment of long-run print contracts. Kate has been delivering training for Webucator clients since 2010. Her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology, combined with hands-on practical experience, brings an added benefit to her classes. Kate teaches real-world techniques and integration of Adobe software, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint, to produce a fully developed and cohesive brand identity.

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