PDF Presets and importing on InDesign

Indesign PDF Export Settings

But first, control the bleeds!

For the highest quality and fastest production times, this step is critical before exporting your final file. 

Part I - Set up your artwork with bleeds

  1. Go to file-document settings and adjust your bleed to .125".
  2. The width and height should reflect the final size of the document.
  3. Then click OK.
Setting up your bleeds to an eighth of an inch
4.  Ensure artwork extends to the red line on all sides. The red line represents a .125" bleed.
(If artwork does not extend to the red line, you will likely see thin white lines on the edges of your final product.)

5. Once complete, you can move onto Part II - Export Settings.
This is an example of artwork that does not have bleeds. The final product will have thin white lines on the borders.

This is an example of artwork that does not have bleeds. The final product will have thin white lines on the borders.

Part II - Export Settings

Screenshots of Standard Export Settings

Here are screenshots of the standard export settings we like from InDesign, even for multipage documents.

  • We almost always prefer PDFs in "Pages" instead of "Spreads".
  • We almost always prefer:
    • bleed of .125"
    • if you apply crop marks, offset .125"

Remember to set it to Pages and not spreads
Remember to select your Crop Marks

What your print ready file should look like:

What your print ready file should look like

What your final product will look like:

What your final product will look like

Download Nonstop Printing's InDesign PDF Export Presets

We've shared all of our export presets so that you can worry less about file issues. Speed up your export process by:

  1. Install the presets. It's a bit more tricky than you might expect. This 5 minute video teach you how to install them.

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