Tips of the Trade - Creating a PDF from InDesign or Quark

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It can be frustrating and confusing when you are dealing with the best settings to export your artwork to PDF. Here are our useful tips for Adobe InDesign or Quark Xpress to ensure you get the best results from your print.

If making a PDF from InDesign:

FILE>EXPORT>Adobe PDF (Print),
Select PDF destination and name file accordingly.
PDF Preset: Press Quality
Standard: PDF-X 1a: 2003
Tick Crop Marks and Offset to 3mm
Bleed 3mm.

Create a PDF from InDesign

If making a PDF from Quark Xpress:

FILE>EXPORT>Layout as PDF
Choose where to save the PDF and Label accordingly.
PDF Style: PDF-X 1a: 2003
Export

Create a PDF from Quark

Download and keep our Creating a PDF from InDesign or Quark guide.