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Acrobat Distiller Settings for High-Resolution PDF

Q: How to Create a PDF File For Print?
A: We always recommend you use Acrobat Distiller to create the PDF file.

If you do not plan to purchase Acrobat Full Version, you can try some free PDF creation tools , such as...
CutePDF and PDF995, etc.

Q: Where to configure the PDF job options in Acrobat Distiller?
A: If you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat installed, open Acrobat Distiller from All Programs (PC) or Applications (Mac), click Settings top menu, then click Edit Adobe PDF Settings to access the PDF job settings screen.

Q: What is the resolution I need to set up in Acrobat Distiller?
A: Creating the PDF file for book printing at 600 dpi (Dot Per Inch) resolution in Acrobat Distiller is usually enough for commercial printing. However, any color images or photos embedded in the manuscript can be created or scanned at 300 dpi.

The PDF file for full color cover can be created at 300 dpi.

Q: How do I set up the correct page size in Acrobat Distiller?
A: Open Acrobat Distiller, click Settings, select Edit Adobe PDF Settings. When the General settings are displayed, change the default page size from Letter size to custom size, such as 6" x 9", 5.5" x 8.5" or 4.25" x 7".

Q: Are there any specific rules I can follow to avoid any possible issues in printing?
A: Please follow some of the guidelines below to create the PDF:

    arrow Set the conversion resolution at 600 DPI for manuscript and 300 dpi for cover.
    arrow Use High for color or grayscale image compression quality settings.
    arrow Embed all fonts.
    arrow Make sure the "Subset embedded fonts when percent of characters used is less than 100%" is unchecked.
    arrow Do not use LZW compression in PDF settings. The LZW compression will cause the image interpreted as multiple pieces that lead to white lines
      printed in the final copy. In Acrobat 7.0, you can select to use ZIP compression.
    arrow Remove All fonts from the Never embed list.
    arrow For manuscript, please make the PDF compatible to Acrobat 6.0 (PDF 1.5). For cover file, make the PDF compatible to Acrobat 8.1 (PDF 1.7) or under.

Q: How to validate PDF file to make sure the fonts are embedded?
A: In Acrobat open your PDF file. Go to File>> Properties>> Fonts tab. Make sure the fonts are embedded.

embedded Fonts





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