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InDesign and PDFs

   
1:35 pm on May 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

Whenever I export an InDesign document to a PDF, the fonts becomes bolder and the colors are not preserved. I have set the PDF quality to the "highest quality," yet it looks nothing like the document created in InDesign. Any suggestions?

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6:37 pm on May 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Is your InDesign document set up with a different colour space to the PDF export mode? Both CMYK?

For your fonts - sounds like a corrupt or missing font to me. Try a system font - see if the problem persists

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8:19 pm on May 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'll add, try a lower resolution setting, or a "non-printing" setting when exporting the PDF. It's entirely possible it's bringing in trapping preferences.
12:41 pm on May 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hey,

Thanks for the replies, I really appreciate it. Both documents have the same color space. I tried system fonts and they too get chunkier when exported to PDF. I don't know how to change the DPI of the exported PDF; maybe you could help me there.

The image below illustrates the problem. The right side is the PDF and the left is how the fonts look in InDesign. The problem never happened until recently when I formatted my hd and reinstalled InDesign.

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[edited by: limbo at 12:09 pm (utc) on May 22, 2009]

1:34 pm on May 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I don't know how to change the DPI of the exported PDF; maybe you could help me there.

I don't know or have InDesign, but it was the replacement for PageMaker and FrameMaker. When you export the PDF, there should be options to select the Distiller's Job Options. In there you will find high resolution, medium, low, etc . . . there should also be settings for font application/inclusion, etc., and possibly color space and trapping options.