Used X1 Pro for first time and edited a PDF 'Smallest File Size" from Indesign. Will it be up to pro print specs?

I used Adobe X1 Pro for the 1st time and edited a "Smallest Size File' PDF my designer exported from InDesign. I didn't know at the time about different PDF settings for professional printers. My question is can I use the "Smallest Size File" PDF with X1 Pro edits to send to a professional printer, or is the work wasted? Will a higher res PDF file like High Quality Print or the 1Xa files be necessary? My designer tells me InDesign cannot open the PDF Smallest Size File she sent me and I edited, she can only edit the InDesign source file. I don't know what to do. Maybe I have to do all the X1 Pro edits over again in a higher res PDF draft from my designer. Anyone have any other answers?

mike omaolley

2 Answers

It depends. If you don't have any images in the document, then your chances are not too bad. Your CMYK colors will probably be converted to RGB, but depending on the printing process, this may not be a big problem.

If you have images, or if colors are important, then you have to go back to the original file and redo your edits.

In my opinion, "Smallest File Size" is a dangerous setting, and if you don't know what you are doing, will more likely destroy your file then give you the desired results.

PDF is not a format that you can open in InDesign - it can be placed in a PDF file, but if you've made edits in the PDF file that you want in your InDesign file, these changes will have to be made again in InDesign.

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Karl Heinz Kremer   

Sure, but if you end up degrading the quality of the images or fonts do not expect the printer to be able to restore the quality.

It is best that you discuss this with your printer since his equipment may require certain settings.

You should also be aware that printing equipment uses CMYK colors for printing color while computer monitors tend to do best with sRGB color spaces.

George Kaiser   

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