How to make a simple PDF from InDesign
Hi there in this video. We're going to look at creating a pdf from the design. We're going to make this super complicated one for the printers. It's not that hard. And this one here just a pretty little version that we can email out or send to our local printer. Okay. And share and do all that awesome pdf stuff. Alright. Let's go and do that now. Alright. So first thing to do is save your document file save. Next thing to do is if it's great out okay. It just means you have already saved. Doesn't mean you can't save. It means you've already done that. Don't do it again. Okay. So the next thing we want to do is we want to go down to export. Okay. Or command E on a Mac or control D on a pc export. Super easy down the bottom here it should probably default to um to adobe pdf. We're going to use this one called print. Okay. You use that one if you're going out to obviously print. Okay? And make sure it's set to that. Give it a name. Okay I'm gonna call my name and put it into our folder on...
my desktop design. Class files. This one is going to be called mine Green at hearts flyer. and by V one. Okay. And it's safe. Now the cool thing about this is this can look quite complicated and you can make it complicated if you want. Okay. But let's just do the basics now and we'll go through some more advanced exporting later on in the course case. Let's check out that video but for the moment go up to here, put it on high quality print. Okay. And then just hit export. That's it. Okay. This will give you a print a pdf that will go to a printer and print perfectly. It'll print from your office, it'll be downloadable and look good quality. It'll do all of those things. Okay, So let's just do a tiny little bit more with a pdf. Okay, So I'm gonna jump back minds automatically opened up an acrobat. Yours might not so you might have to go and find it. Mine's on my desktop and that folder we made and there it is there. You might have to double click it and yours is going to open up in some program. Okay. So what I'd like to do is a couple of other things. So let's have a little look and design a little bit more detail. So file export again, I'm going to give it the same name and override it. It won't let me save it over the top because I've got to open in this program. So I have to close it down an acrobat. Okay, I'm gonna give it the same name was going to say would you like to replace if it says you can't replace because it's open somewhere. Go and close it. Okay, so I'm gonna replace it. High quality print set it to that's fine. The other thing you might do is go to smallest file size. Okay? It's going to make it a lot smaller in terms of file size? So this might be better if you are it's a really long documents. Say it's say it is an 80 page prospectus. Okay. With lots of images. You might go to a small file size because you're sending it out to no colleagues to do a check. Not the final print. Just some, you know, so it's not so big and you can email it. Okay? So but let's so that's that's all you need to do for that. Let's say we want to go to high quality print but we're sending it to our commercial printer. Okay. There's uh there's like two little things we're gonna do Is this one under marks and bleeds? If you we've added bleed two hours, remember it was three or a quarter of an inch? I can't remember a .125. And in here we're going to turn on crop marks. Okay, so crop marks is the only thing you'll need. And down here where it says. So I said two things crop marks and you turn on the bleeds. Okay? It's picked, it's remembered our bleed. Okay, you can manually type it in here. Okay. But if I say use the bleeds from the document, you can see it in their very faded out but .125. Okay. And I'm going to click export and the only difference is can you see run the outside here. Okay. These little crop marks here are used by the printer to slice case they used they line a guillotine up but that one and that side and they just trim it off and that chunk in this little gap goes in the bin. Okay? So if you're sending it to a commercial printer to print, you've got bleed and you want to add the bleed. Okay? So all you do is you turn on the crop marks under export and you turn on your bleed settings. If you're just sending it out to be printed internally, okay? Or if you downloaded from a website, you don't have to turn those crops and bleed marks on. Now, before we finish up, let's just have a quick look at our export settings. Is one of the things I just want to show you this one. So I'm going to close down this guy. Okay, I'm going to give it the same name replace. I'm going to say yes please. And we're going to look at these so we're gonna turn all of these on. You go turn them all on. Why would we turn them all on? You'd never turn them all on. Okay, we do it to impress. People look at that. Look how impressive and design ary, we look with all these extra marks, these color bars, these registration marks. It all looks very good the time is actually something you might turn on. Okay. and it has the document name. If I was sending this to a commercial printer they would only want the crop marks. They would add their own color bars. These are just here to help the printer on their side of things. They've got a master color chart and they'll put it they'll print yours out they'll put their master chart next to these colors and just to see that they all kind of match. Okay and that will mean that their printers working well but they wouldn't expect you to put them on. You wouldn't add registration marks either. These are used by the printer. What they do is that registration color is actually printed in, It looks black but it's actually cyan magenta yellow and black all together. And what happens is if it goes through the printer and the paper jiggles a little bit. What happens is if they see a yellow target kind of sticking out the side here they will know that the plates aren't lined up or at least the printing ink is not laying over the top. Okay and it might be the image might be a little fuzzy because these things aren't printing exactly on top of each other. Okay but that only happens when you get to offset printing. So we turn it on mainly to impress. People say you're a designer and you're sending off to the client. This kind of stuff. I feel like it's like yeah I'm a proper designer with all these things. Okay but if you're sending it to the printer pull them all off. Okay. So I got away on a bit of a tangent there so just to recap if you don't have bleed and you don't need it. So it's going to be just email to somebody or downloaded from website file export click, give it a name places please and just pick high quality print and then hit export. Okay if you need to bleed, all you need to do extra is turn on, Mark's got a crop marks and turn on the document bleed and then hit export. Okay what you'll notice is c modified along the top here. It just means that if I pick high quality print, that's all basic but if I turn this on you see it becomes a modified you've changed a little bit. Okay. It doesn't matter if it says modified because you've added these. We know what we're doing. We are professionals Alright. That long winded explanation of PDFs is now over. We'll go into some super advanced nerdy stuff in the advanced course of in design if you ever need to get into there. But really what we've got here will work for 99% of the jobs you're going to work on. Alright in the next video