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How to Save PDFs

PDF Tools and Instructions

Adobe PDF is by far the best file format to supply your artwork.
Avoid common problems by saving your PDF with our custom settings.

For users without access to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, we recommend using PrimoPDF to convert your documents into PDF files, which is available as a free download. This allows you to choose Press Quality settings when creating the PDF.

Saving PDFs from Adobe software 

Note: The ICC profiles from our Colour Management instructions must have been installed in your OS before it will be possible to proceed to the following steps.

Step 1: Download and install PDF Presets

Download the Eureka PDF Preset for Adobe, and expand the ZIP file to your desktop. This preset will save PDF’s with crop marks, bleed and colour profiles.

You can load the presets from either of these Adobe applications, and once loaded into one, the presets will be active across all three:

  • Adobe InDesign – File > Adobe PDF Presets > Define > Load
  • Adobe Illustrator Edit > Adobe PDF Presets > Import
  • Adobe Photoshop Edit > Adobe PDF Presets > Load

Select the job option on the desktop which you downloaded (named Eureka Crops & Bleed.joboptions)

This is a standard export preset, suitable for full colour process and full colour process with spot colours, based on the Ghent Workgroup guidelines www.gwg.org

Step 2: Exporting a PDF

Note: Make sure that your artwork is setup correctly with 3mm of bleed – see our Bleed Tips article for more information.

Adobe InDesign

Go to File > Export > Save as Adobe PDF (Print)

Choose Eureka Crops & Bleeds in the Adobe PDF Preset dropdown at the top.

In the Pages section, select ‘all’ or indicate specific pages. Make sure you export as pages and not as spread. All other settings are correct as shown.

Click on Output in the left side panel, and check under Color to make sure the correct output destination will be applied to the workspace. If you are exporting for printing on uncoated paper, you could change the Destination to PSO Uncoated v3 (FOGRA52).

Press Export to successfully save your artwork for print production.

Adobe Illustrator

Go to File > Save as

Choose Adobe PDF (pdf) as the file format.

Select Eureka Crops & Bleeds in the Adobe PDF Preset dropdown at the top.

Click on Output in the left side panel, and check under Color to make sure the correct output destination will be applied to the workspace. If you are exporting for printing on uncoated paper, you could change the Destination to PSO Uncoated v3 (FOGRA52).

Press Save PDF to successfully save your artwork for print production.

Adobe Photoshop

Go to File > Save as

Choose Photoshop PDF as the file format.

Select Eureka Crops & Bleeds in the Adobe PDF Preset dropdown at the top.

Click on Output in the left side panel, and check under Color to make sure the correct output destination will be applied to the workspace. If you are exporting for printing on uncoated paper, you could change the Destination to PSO Uncoated v3 (FOGRA52).

Press Save PDF to successfully save your artwork for print production.

PDF Export General Options

PDF Export Output Options

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creative design, colour management, fonts and paper and ink selections

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