10 InDesign Tips

Preparing your file for print

1. Make your document the actual trimmed size of the piece to allow InDesign Preflight files to be used.

2. Create a customized Preflight profile that lets you know more about your file than what you see on screen. We can help you with this. This would allow you to know if a font glyph does not exist if you have registration color applied, excessive ink limit, transparency applied in InDesign or overprinting to white or paper color. This is just a small sample of what your document can tell you about your file setup.

3. Select and remove unwanted colors from the file in the color swatch menu.

4. Add Unnamed colors in swatch menu to see if any exist. Often they do from graphics brought into the file.

5. Avoid setting your document up as printer spreads.

6. Define colors accurately. Spot colors with Pantone solid color books and CMYK jobs with the color bridge library. Of course, there are exceptions, branding colors and other color systems. We are pointing out colors are processed as defined, in the supplied file.

7. Check for bleeds and add .125 inch for documents that do.

8. Turn off all guides and view document. The guide may be covering up a white gap or other background colors not intended.

9. Most importantly under window/ output/ Separations Preview, turn View to Separations for a more accurate view of your final output. This will show your file and effects and transparencies much better.

10. While in Separations preview turn off/on black if you used a rich black or to confirm the job is properly separated.