How I Make My Picture Books, Part III: Getting The Book Ready For The Printer

Once to get to the end of making your book you will SAVE and move on to making your DOCUMENT into a PostScript file.

A Postscript file is a programming language that describes a printed page. A printing company will need a compressed Adobe Portable Document Format or PDF file to print the book.  Here I describe how it is done.

The pictures below are from my printer, Lightning Source,  Inc's,  instruction.

I have saved my book document in Indesign and go the FILE: PRINT.
In Indesign, this is not going to print from your desktop  printer.
 This is where you specific the settings your Book Printer will need.

Here you will see what to select.
This is the first page,of the PRINT set up for the PostScript

At Print Preset select: (CUSTOM)

At Printer select: POSTSCRIPT FILE

At PPD select: Adobe PDF
These three above, remain the same throughout the following Print settings.

At Page select: All Pages     

At OPTIONS under Print Layers select: Visable: Printable Layers

All other dialogue boxes will be left at default.

At the second page of PRINT preset, SET UP, these are the settings.

Under Setup: Paper Size select: CUSTOM

At Width and Height: You need to know your book size here PLUS the margins and bleed areas.
 Example: For my children's picture books which are 8.5" x 11" I would put 8.75" x 11.5"

At Orientation select: Portrait

Under Options:

At Scale select: 100% for both Width and Height and CHECK the box at Constrain Proportions

At Page Positioning: Centered
MOVING on to Marks and Bleeds

Here, Nothing needs to be add.
Next, at OUTPUT

Under COLOR select:  Composite CMYK


AT GRAPHICS, under Images: Send Date select: ALL
AT FONTS: and under DOWNLOAD select: Complete
Then CHECK the box next to: Download PPD Fonts
At Postscript select: Level 3
Select at Data Format: Binary

At Print:   
               Document (Profile U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2)

At Options: Color Handling - Let InDesign Determine Colors
         And at PRINTER PROFILE - Document CMYK - U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2

Check on:  OPI Image Replacement
At Transparency Flattener: Preset select: [High Resolution]
At Ignore Spread Overrides: DO NOT check the box

Then Select: PRINT

The file will be saved to your computer. Make sure you have set up before hand where on your computer you want this file to go.

Now I convert the PostScript file to a PDF using the settings my printer provided using Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard program.
For my print company I use Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard with a distiller to make the Postscript file into the compressed PDF file the company needs.

I open Adobe Acrobat 9. At the top I select ADVANCED the PRINT PRODUCTION: the Acrobat Distiller

When Acrobat Distiller opens,  I select at Default Settings:  and pick: PDF/X-1a2001 which is the format the print company wants. I go to FILE: OPEN:  and find your PostScript file and click on it.
The file opens in Distiller and Distiller makes the correct PDF file.

Once that is done, I now need to check to make should the fonts are embedded.  In Adobe Acrobat I reopen the new PDF file and on the menu bar, go to FILE: Document Properties and chose FONTS and a window will open.
Each of the FONTS in the document show have the words, (Embedded Subset) or (Embedded) next to the FONTS name. FONTS should be embedded here if you chose fonts recommended by the print company. If the FONTS are not embedded I have to go back to Indesign, to the original file and chose fonts that will be match those that my printer required.

Note: I don't discuss kerning here. I do kern for my books but I'm not comfortable describe it to you.
Here is am excellent article from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire I think will help. Scroll down to: Working with Kerning

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