Think with the final output while you design and you will save time at preflight stage
If you have read last How-To on Designorati:Desktop Publishing you know what you are looking for when you want to prepare a file for printing on an offset press. I am now going a step backwards to show you what to do to avoid problems even before they happen.
The Links Palette
In the earlier tutorial I have mentioned that when you modify graphics with a program such as Photoshop, after you have placed them into InDesign, those graphics need to be updated. You can do this in the Preflight window, but also the Links Palette (Window>Links) lets you do that.
Figure 1: the Links palette and its menu
The illustration is pretty self-explanatory, but here is a quick rundown of this palette’s options.
Relink: Makes you change a currently linked image with another one or if you moved the original image, it allows you relink it.
Go to Link: You want to look at an image on page 2 of you document but you are on page 93. Select the link you want to look at in the links palette and then click Go to Link. You will be taken to that link wherever it is in the document.
Update Link: If you have placed an image in InDesign and then you modified it in a graphics program, update it here, so you are able to view the modified image and not how it looked like originally. Sometimes InDesign will automatically make the updates.
Edit Original: Opens your image in the graphics program which created it.
Convert Swatches and Graphics to CMYK
Running the Preflight option in InDesign is a very quick way to check whether you have any graphics in CMYK mode. If you find you have any RGB images, then convert them to CMYK. You also need to make sure that all your swatches are CMYK. The use of the Swatches palette is covered in lesson 3 of this course.
In the first lesson of this class I described the Tools palette in very broad strokes. Since that lesson, we went through all the tools and we learned how to use its swatches. We still have one thing to look at, which I also mentioned in the first lesson â€“ the view modes. These allow you to look at your document in different ways,s you can see whether your bleeds are set up correctly, or how your layout will look without the added bleed. All this without touching your layout, but simply switching amongst the various view modes.
The last two buttons in the Tools palette give you a variety of view options of your document. The button on the left is the Normal View Mode, which is the default. This view mode allows you to see everything in your document, i.e., the document’s pages, the pasteboard, the slug and the bleed (slug and bleed are explained in lesson 1).
Picture 3: the flyout menu showing the different view modes
The button on the has a flyout menu that allows you to toggle between three view mode: the Preview Mode, the Bleed Mode and the Slug Mode.
- The Preview Mode lets you see your document without bleed and slug
- The Bleed mode lets you see your document with the bleed, but without slug
- The Slug mode allows you to see your slug but not the bleed
Note: You will not see the pasteboard in any of these view modes.
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