Press Ready PDF

Posted on 2004-11-16
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
This may sound simple for some of you,
What I need to do in order to change normal PDF to a Press ready with the lines around the page and with the print size defined  
Question by:wadalhag
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    by:Karl Heinz Kremer
    When you say "lines around the page", what exactly do you mean? Any PDF that is PDF/X compliant is basically press ready, regardless of any printer marks on the page. It all depends on your press and your finishing requirements. If you want to create PDF/X files, use Acrobat 6.
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    It should look like this

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    by:Karl Heinz Kremer
    This are cut marks, and you can add them with Acrobat 6 Professional. You need to bring up the print dialog and select the "Advanced" button, and the "Marks and Bleeds" category. Select what type of marks you want. Then, select to print to the Adobe PDF printer. This will re-distill your PDF files (which is usually not such a great idea). Just make sure that your target paper size is larger than the actual page size, and that you don't scale the page content to the target size.
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    by:Karl Heinz Kremer
    You can also add cut marks with Quite Imposing ( This is an Acrobat plug-in, and works with the PDF file without having to redistill the file.
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    The easiest way to create these marks is however to do it in the document creating application (e.g. Adobe's InDesign).

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