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InDesign Sizing suggestion, multiple PDF/X3 export standards
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Hmm. Renee, I’m not sure what the “Crops” box is, but if it you check it and “everything looks off.” then I would uncheck it. I’m guessing that you have checked something inside the “Marks” section of the Marks and Bleeds dialog. My post was about the “Use Document Bleed Settings” checkbox in the “Bleed and Slug” section of that same panel. I would use that export setting exactly as Blurb has it set up, and use it instead of the built-in PDF/X3 setting that comes with InDesign.

And ginita, the templates seem fine to me, it is the instructions for using the templates that caused my problem. They make it seem like you can use the PDF/X3 setting that is built in to InDesign without pointing out that there is a difference between that setting and the one that you download with Blurb’s templates. Pointing out that difference will be easy to do.

Good luck.

wp

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Aug 26, 2009 7:19am PDT
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InDesign Sizing suggestion, multiple PDF/X3 export standards
PDF to Book

Having gone through the same sizing problems that many of you have gone through, I thought I would share what I have discovered about sizing and exporting InDesign files. I am working with CS4, but it should help anyone using InDesign and possibly those designing new templates.

The biggest problem is that there are TWO PDF/X3 standards floating around. One is the standard standard, the other is the Blurb standard, which is downloaded with the InDesign Templates. They are the same, except that the “Use Document Bleed Settings” check box is checked in the Blurb standard. If you use this with the templates it includes the extra 1/4 inch allowed for the bleed and all is good. If you use the standard PDF/X3 to export your pdf, your file will be shy by the amount of your bleed and your preflight will fail.

The same thing will happen if you use the book_size_calculator. Setting InDesign’s File > Document Setup : Page Size = Blurb’s Trim size (with bleeds set correctly) will give you good results if you export with Blurb’s modified PDF/X3 standard but will be too small with the standard PDF/X3. On the other hand, if you set you Page Size to Blurb’s “Final, exported PDF/X3” and use Blurb’s modified standard your page will be too large. In this case, exporting with the standard standard is a working (but not the best) choice—with this kluge you will lose an extra 1/8" that had been considered bleed.

The most consistent and understandable (with the language used in printing and page layout software) results come from setting Trim Size = Page size, setting the bleeds correctly, and exporting with “Blurb PDF X-3 Export Preset”, or using the standard PDF/X3 and then checking “Use Document Bleed Settings” in the Marks and Bleeds panel before exporting. Hopefully this will be clarified in future documentation.

Good luck. Hope this helps.

wp

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Aug 12, 2009 8:42am PDT
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