Creating PDFs for Print Production

Creating PDFs for Print Production

PDF is the cornerstone file format for prepress and print production workflow. There are so many settings to choose from when creating PDFs, how do you know which options to select for your workflow or printing process? Are the Adobe CC "canned" PDF presets good enough? In this course, you will learn all about the various presets and settings, and gain a solid understanding of what each setting is and how it affects PDF creation and output.

Time to complete: 1.5 hours for the course and knowledge assessments.

You will learn

  • PDF fundamentals and what kind of information can be contained in a PDF
  • The core requirements and differences between the various PDF standards
  • All about the PDF settings, what each setting is and what it does
  • Image sampling and compression, transparency handling, and color options
  • Solid starting points for PDF settings for digital and offset printing

Joe Marin

Joe Marin
Printing Industries of America

Joe Marin is Vice President, Education and Training for Printing Industries of America. Joe is one of the industry's leading voices on digital technologies, including all things related to succeeding in a digital print environment. He is a veteran speaker at GRAPH EXPO and other venues on color management, PDF workflow, preparing print-ready files, web-to-print, and business-related issues. Joe also develops, presents, and consults on integrated print technologies such as augmented reality, mobile website development, and search engine optimization and marketing. Joe has developed custom training programs for major industry manufacturers and suppliers and managed both the NPES Teachers Update and Conference. He is the author of the Prepress Skills Training Program, Process Control Primer, Digital Prepress Primer, and co-author of The PDF Print Production Guide, all published by Printing Industries Press.

Prior to joining Printing Industries of America, Joe was a production solutions consultant with Konica Minolta, and in a former role, manager of training programs for PIA. Joe also worked in the prepress departments of several Pittsburgh-area printing companies. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Communications from California University of Pennsylvania.