Adobe InDesign Postscript Settings
Although InDesign is capable of exporting PDF files in one step, for the most successful results, it is recommended to create the Postscript file from InDesign before using Acrobat Distiller to generate PDF files. These steps will also allow for the final PDF to flattened which produces better results than the typical InDesign Export PDF.

  • Create a New Print Preset within InDesign CS
  • From within InDesign, Select File > Print Presets > Define...


  • Click on the New button in the Print Presets dialog.


  • Name the Print Preset appropriately to identify it as producing Postscript.
  • Select Postscript fi le in the Printer pop-up list.
  • Select Adobe PDF in the PPD pop-up list.
  • Select “General” from the list of options on the left and make the following
    settings:
    • General setting -- Copies: 1
    • Pages setting --
    • Sequence: All Pages (unless generating single pages
      for corrections/replacements)
    • Spread: disabled
    • Print Master Pages: disabled
    • Options setting --
    • Print Layers: Visible & Printable Layers
    • Print Non-printing Objects: disabled
    • Print Blank Pages: enabled

 

  • Select “Setup” from the list of options on the left and make the following Settings:
  • Setup setting --
    • Paper Size: Custom (This permits InDesign to base the width and height on
      the defi ned document trim size plus bleed and marks).
    • Orientation: Portrait
    • Offset: 0
    • Gap: 0
  • Options setting --
    • Scale shoud be 100% in width and height
    • Constrain Proportions enabled
    • Option to Scale output to Fit another trim size should only be used after testing
      and confirmation by OGP
    • Page Position: Centered

 

  • Select Marks and Bleed from the list of option on the left and make the following
    settings: These options are only necessary if any page has ink that bleeds off the page after trimming:
  • Marks setting --
    • All Printer’s Marks: Enable only Crop Marks, Registration Marks and Page
      Information
    • Type: Default
    • Weight: 0.25pt
    • Offset: 0.125 in.
  • Bleed and Slug setting --
    • Use Document Bleed Settings: disabled
    • Bleed on all sides: 0.125 in
    • Include Slug Area: disable


  • Select Output from the list of options on the left and make the following settings:
  • Output setting --
    • Color: Composite Leave Color Unchanged (suitable for process color work
      and for spot color work)
    • Trapping: disabled
    • Flip: None
    • Screening: disabled
  • Inks setting --
    • Review list to verify no unintended color are included (simply disabling output of undesired colors
  • Frequency and Angle: disabled

 

  • Select Graphics from the list of options on the left and make the following
    settings:
  • Images settings -- Send Data: All
  • Fonts settings -- Download: Subset
  • Postscript: Level 3
  • Data Format: Binary

 

  • Select Color Management from the list of options on the left and make the
    following settings:
  • Color Management setting --
    • Document: Selected (not that it will disply any ICC color profi les that may
      already have been selected for the document).
  • Option setting --
    • Color Handing: No Color Management (select otherwise may alter color values
      based on specifi c output profi les selected, and thus may not render exactly
      the color values already proofed).

 

  • Select Advanced from the list of options on the left and make the following
    settings:
  • OPI setting -- disable all settings
  • Transparency Flattener settings --
    • Preset: High Resolution
    • Ignore Spread Overrides: disable

 

  • Create a Postscript File using Predefined Print Preset:
  • In the Print dialog box within InDesign, select Print Preset Defined during the
    previous steps.
  • Instead of a “Print” button, you will now have a “Save” button. Save the Postscript
    file to the desired location using a naming convention that will uniquely
    identify the title of the publication and the pages included in the file.