How to export a PDF in Adobe InDesign

Step by step directions for exporting a 'Press Quality' PDF from InDesign.

You can either download and use our custom BUG PRESS job option, or follow the steps to include the preferred settings yourself!

In InDesign using BUG PRESS job option:

To install Bug Press job option:

  1. Download job option.
  2. Go to File > Adobe PDF Presets > Define...
  3. Click ‘Load...
  4. Navigate to ‘BUG PRESS_noconvert’; Click ‘Open’.
  5. Then click ‘Done'

To use Bug Press job option:

  1. Go to File > Export...
  2. In new window:
    Save as: ______ (Name your file and note the location you are exporting it to)
    For Mac ‘Format’: Adobe PDF (Print)
    For Windows ‘Type’: Adobe PDF (Print)
    Then click ‘Save’  
  3. In next window, choose Adobe PDF Preset: BUG PRESS_noconvert
  4. Then click ‘Export
  5. Examine your PDF in Adobe Acrobat. It should now be ready for upload

Export PDF without using a job option:

1 Go to File > Export...

2. In new window: 

Save as: ______ (Name your file and note the location you are exporting it to)

For Mac ‘Format’: Adobe PDF (Print)

For Windows ‘Type’: Adobe PDF (Print)

Then click ‘Save’

3. In next window choose Adobe PDF Preset: [Press Quality]

  • Under General:

Options: check ‘View PDF after Exporting

  • Under Compression:

Color Images: Bicubic 400 

Grayscale Images: Bicubic 400 

Monochrome Images: Bicubic 1200

  • Under Marks and Bleeds

Bleed and Slug: check ‘Use Document Bleed Settings’ 

(This should show .125 inches for each edge, but is grayed out)

4. Then click ‘Export

5. Examine your PDF in Adobe Acrobat

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For a video demonstration, click here.

 

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