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How to Set Up Files for Print

Follow these time- and money-saving steps before sending files to the printer

1. Introduction (1:14)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction (1:14) 1:14 FREE!
  2. Communication with Printers (1:09) 1:09 FREE!
  3. Setting Up Spreads (3:18) 3:18 FREE!
  4. Bleed Area & Safety (4:32) 4:32 FREE!
  5. Color Issues (2:40) 2:40 FREE!
  6. Images: Color Space and File Formats (5:49) 5:49 FREE!
  7. Image Resolution (6:04) 6:04 FREE!
  8. Best Practices with Color and Fonts (4:43) 4:43 FREE!
  9. Housekeeping Tips (2:51) 2:51 FREE!
  10. PDF/X1a Formatting (3:17) 3:17 FREE!
  11. Preflight Feature (6:41) 6:41 FREE!

Video Details

Follow these time- and money-saving steps before sending files to the printer. Mara Sachs gives you a thorough checklist that will help you avoid printing pitfalls. She also shows how to use Adobe InDesign's Preflight feature to automatically double-check each file for potential issues.

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Mara Sachs
Mara Sachs is a professional photo retoucher and an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop. She has been running her own business since 1990, providing training, retouching and digital production services to the graphic arts community. Mara is an avid meditator and brings her joyful energy, clarity and good humor into her classes.


"Mara put my faith back into taking continuing education classes! I laughed and learned and met nice people. Five stars." -- Scott Haag "Mara was terrific. She knew her stuff and her audience and she stayed right on track. The facility was state-of-the-art, with a brand-new Mac at every station." -- Betsy Sturges "Mara is one of the best instructors I have ever had the privilege to learn from. She has a great sense of how to steer the class and provides excellent "real world" tips." -- Michele MacKinnon "Mara is fabulous. The course was well-organized and the balance between demonstration and practical exercises was perfect." -- Deb Jones "I came to the class knowing nothing of Photoshop. By the end class I had a good grasp of the basics. I recommend Mara highly." -- John DeGaspari "Mara is very concerned that every student gains knowledge and takes time out for individual concerns. Bravo!" -- George Walker "Mara makes Photoshop so easy thanks to her great teaching skills. I strongly recommend her class." -- Jocelyn Sambira "Mara is clear, concise, and completely accessible. I came in knowing some basics of Photoshop and left more confident in my photo retouching and creating abilities." -- Heather Chin "Mara has an in-depth knowledge of her subject, and explained everything in a way that was clear to the beginner. I definitely recommend her as an instructor. -- Joanne Gerber