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Your Printer's PDF Work Flow and Canvas

Last Updated: Jun 01, 2012 02:10PM PDT
The PDF output process from Canvas to press can be very simple. Output the document from Canvas to PDF using the Acrobate PDF Printer installed with Acrobat, being careful to apply exactly the job option settings your Printer specifies. Your Printer can use their specialized pagination and imposition software to position the PDF page image to suit its press layout and add the preferred style of registration and crop marks.

If bleed is required on the finished piece, it must be included in the original Canvas document. Generally, bleed should exceed the trim size by a minimum of 1/8” on all sides. In line with this, you should select "Registration marks" and "Crop marks" from the advanced tab of the Canvas Print dialog. While TrueType fonts are supported and embedded, better results will always be achieved by using either PS or OT fonts.

Make sure that all colors are CMYK and that all fonts are embedded as subsets. This can be checked in Acrobat. Color Separations from the composite PDF are also handled by the Printer's prepress software. This is a benefit since many print houses now prefer to use very high resolution asymmetrical dot patterns instead of the conventional screens available in Canvas and other desktop software.

Another point to remember is that since Acrobat v. 4, the distilled PDF no longer retains any halftone screen information. You can put the info in, but in the distillation process it is ignored. This may have been done to avoid double screening at input and output.

Note: The PDF export function in Canvas works fine, but since most Printers insist on Distiller it is being suggested here. Discuss the best method for your project with your Printer. 

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