Preflighting a PDF/X print document in InDesign and Acrobat

There's nothing worse for a print professional than to dispatch a job, only to receive a call asking you to resupply image or font formats, or questioning colour reproduction.

The most common errors in printing occur when fonts haven't been embedded properly, the wrong colour spaces have been used, images are missing, or overprinting and trappings have been miscalculated. Adobe's PDF/X format was introduced to eliminate the chance of any of this happening. Using CS3's inbuilt preflighting tools - both at the design stage within InDesign, and the production stage within Acrobat - you can ensure your files are sent to the printers error-free, saving you time, effort and money.

Over the following pages we'll show you how to correctly preflight and package your print job in the PDF/X format, and ensure that all your print files are validated against industry standards for high-end professional printing.

Click here to download the support files (2.08MB)

Click here to download the tutorial for free

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

The Creative Bloq team is made up of a group of design fans, and has changed and evolved since Creative Bloq began back in 2012. The current website team consists of seven full-time members of staff: Editor Georgia Coggan, Deputy Editor Rosie Hilder, Deals Editor Beren Neale, Senior News Editor Daniel Piper, Digital Arts and Design Editor Ian Dean, Tech Reviews Editor Erlingur Einarsson and Ecommerce Writer Abi Le Guilcher, as well as a roster of freelancers from around the world. The 3D World and ImagineFX magazine teams also pitch in, ensuring that content from 3D World and ImagineFX is represented on Creative Bloq.