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How to Convert InDesign Projects to PDF

How to Convert InDesign Projects to PDF

Adobe’s InDesign provides users with a range of professional tools to completely control the interior content of a document. It’s great for everything from formatting books and magazines to laying out pamphlets and brochures, and the combination of text formatting and editing tools with powerful graphic design tools can not be found in any other piece of publishing software. It brings together the best of the visual creation resources from Photoshop and Illustrator with a robust document design interface to do this. Along with those tools, the software package’s signature ability is its ability to export those designs in several accessible formats.

Exporting Your InDesign Project

Learning how to convert InDesign to PDF is a matter of learning how to use the proper file type choices when you export your file. You can choose between several types of PDF to make sure the file is totally compatible with your needs. That’s an important step to take if you are working with a printer, because professional printing machines sometimes have specific file type needs. To select a PDF type, go to File > Adobe PDF Preferences, then select the type.

To save a PDF of the file, simply go to File > Export, then choose PDF as the file type to Save As. It’s a simple process, and one that lets you send the file out in one of the most useful and accessible file types available.

Reasons to Export a PDF

There are many reasons why you might export a PDF version of a project, even if the final deliverable will not be one.

PDF files can be opened on any computer, and the software to view them is free, so your clients can always see it.
When you export a PDF in InDesign, you preserve the exact formatting from your project file, giving the highest fidelity preview possible when you send it around.
PDFs can be exported to Word or to other editable file types, so you can make a document easy for collaborators to edit without losing the formatting done so far.

Once you master how to convert InDesign to PDF, it’s time to master the other basic tools in the InDesign toolkit. Learn to use visual assets, edit them in place, and format text around them. Then you can really create unique designs and layouts from your visual assets. For a great selection of vector drawings, illustrations, and stock photos you can use to build those assets, check out the Shutterstock catalog.
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