There are many ways to create a PDF file, but not all of them work well for professional printing. The way in which you create a PDF can dramatically alter the quality of your printing. For that reason, please refer to the following guidelines to ensure the best possible print quality. Click on the tabs in the left menu for your program of choice.
Smartpress.com has an optional PDF job options file available for download. This .joboptions file is compatible only with Adobe Creative Suite programs and you will need Adobe Distiller to use this. With this job options file, PDFs will be created with exact print specifications for Smartpress.com.
Please note: This .joboptions file will only work if you have Adobe Distiller.
Download the .zip file here:
PDF '.joboptions' File For PC Format
Once you download the file, it will most likely need to be unzipped. Saving the unzipped file in the correct location is key, so then it will be available to you when you make your PDF in Adobe Creative Suite programs. Keep in mind that your system may be set up differently, but below are a few examples of where the file should be saved.
Move the "Smartpress-IGEN4.joboptions" to your Applications folder where the Adobe Folder is located. Make sure the file is located in the Adobe folder.
If this does not work, try this:
[username]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe PDF/Settings
Not all systems are set up the same, and depending on the software versions, locations can vary slightly.
Move the "Smartpress-IGEN4.joboptions" to Program Files folder where the Adobe Folder is located. Make sure the file is located in the Adobe folder.
If the above does not work, see the path below:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\Adobe PDF\Settings
Keep in mind that your system may be set up differently, you may need to try a few different folders. These are general suggestions.
What exactly does this new .joboptions file do? This .joboptions file has predetermined presets for your PDF that make printing your file with Smartpress.com easy. The crop marks, bleeds, output options, and compression are all defined for you. You will find this saving option in the PDF Preset dropdown.
Please Note: Keep in mind that this .joboptions file will only work in Adobe Creative Suite programs. Please reference Making a PDF in Word and Making a PDF in Publisher if you are using either of those.
Here are more guidelines for making your PDF:
If you wish to attempt to create your PDF in some other product, please follow these guidelines as closely as possible:
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