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This page is for book makers creating PDFs in applications other than Adobe InDesign. InDesign users, please use our Blurb plug-in for Adobe InDesign.

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Some helpful hints for creating print-ready PDF files

  • Use our specification calculator to design files to the correct dimensions
  • Submit an even number of pages
  • Make black text only 100% Black ink
  • Rasterize overly complex vectors (e.g. Illustrator or CAD graphics)
  • Create your cover last after final page count is known
  • Place images and artwork out to the bleed of the document to allow for trim so white lines will not appear at the edges of trimmed pages
  • Use perceptual rendering intent on all objects when possible
  • Review your PDF file prior to upload. In Acrobat/Adobe Reader make sure the following are set in preferences:
    • View -> Page Display menu of the PDF, select Two-Up and Show Cover Page During Two-Up
    • Preferences > Page Display > de-select Use Local Fonts
    • Preferences > Page Display > set Use Overprint Preview to Always
Do not
  • Use spot or registration color as they may not print as expected

Adobe® Photoshop®

Photoshop is an image-editing application and not designed for creating multi-page documents. This makes it difficult to create a multi-page compliant PDF/X-3 file. Combining single PDF/X-3 files can be accomplished with Adobe Acrobat Professional or Extended (not the free Adobe Reader). Contact Customer Support for more info.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word has some issues in creating a compliant PDF/X-3 file. Some users have had success by printing to a postscript file and using Adobe Distiller to create a compliant PDF/X-3. Using the QuarkXpress workflow above as a generic guide, may be able to help if Adobe® InDesign® or QuarkXPress® are not an option.
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