File Creation How-To's
PLEASE READ THROUGH THE FILE SPECIFICATIONS to review a checklist of requirements before proceeding with the following steps.
2 Creating a Postscript File using:
Creating a PostScript File in InDesign CS & CS2
IMPORTANT! Before you begin make sure you have installed the DDAP PPD. Do NOT export your InDesign file to PDF. This will cause inconsistent results. Follow the steps below to create a PS file and then convert it to a PDF file using Acrobat Distiller.
1. Open your InDesign CS document. From the File menu select Document Setup
2. Recommended page size for a single-page ad is Tabloid. This allows ample space for crop marks, the quality control strip, bleed, etc.
3. Set Orientation to Portrait
Access the Swatches panel
4. Check to see if there are any spot colors (indicated by a small square with a gray dot inside)
5. Convert any spot colors to process
6. After converting spot colors, save changes to the document
From the File Menu, select PreFlight:
1. Select Fonts from the list on the left-hand side and verify that all fonts are loaded, and that there are no Truetype fonts
2. Select links and images from the list on the left-hand side and verify that all images are "OK"
3. Click cancel when done
Check Print Setup
From the File menu, select Print:
1. Select "General" from the list on the left-hand side
2. Set Printer to "PostScript File"
3. Set PPD to "DDAPv3 PPD"
4. Select "Setup" from the list on the left-hand side
5. Set Paper Size to DDAP_Single or DDAP_Spread
6. Verify that "Scale" is set to 100%.
7. Select "Marks and Bleeds" from the list on the left-hand side
8. Verify that no boxes are checked under "Marks"
9. Using the CA templates, you will not need to set any bleeds
10. Select "Output" from the list on the left-hand side
11. Verify that Color is set to "Composite CMYK"
Save PostScript File
1. Click the "Save" button
2. Name and save your file. Your file should have a .ps extension