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Using Corel Draw 12 for the publishing software. Have a high end quality four colour print job for offset sheet feed printing. File size is not an issue but best quality is to reproduce the photography. When I produce the PDF in Corel Draw 12: GENERAL 1. Compatibility: Acrobat 4, 5, 6, PDF/X-1a, PDF/X3? 2. PDF Style OBJECTS 1. Compression Type: NONE 2. Bitmap Downsampling tick these OFF or should I give them values for best results. 3. Export as Curves 4. Encode: ASCII DOCUMENTS 1. Page Only 2. Encoding: Binary or ASCII PREPRESS Understand that tab SECURITY Not relevant ADVANCED Should I tick: 1. Preserve document overprint 2. Preserve halftone screen information 3. Convert spot colors to process 4. Apply ICC profiles - Composite printer profile or separations printer profile Any other tips for settings to get best quality out put.

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  • wayne428 Jul 23, 2009

    Thanks for the reply.

    Couples of points:
    1. I do have text copy with the images. It is a corporate brochure 48 pages.
    2. I usually save text as curves for saftey.
    3. Compatibility setting: Acrobat 4, 5, 6, PDF/X-1a, PDF/X3?
    4. Doesn't Bitmap sampling being switched off give you the highest quailty. As Bitmap samples down.
    5. Using high end 7 colour commercial offset printer



  • wayne428 Jul 23, 2009

    3. Compatibility setting: Acrobat 4, 5, 6, PDF/X-1a, PDF/X3?
    With question 3. Which one of these compatibility settings should I use. Acrobat 4 or Acrobot 5 or Acrobot 6 or PDF/X-1a or PDF/X3.

    4. Doesn't Bitmap sampling being switched off give you the highest quailty. As Bitmap samples down.

    Understand about the quality issue with Bitmap Downsampling and the higher numbers. Should these be unticked so the Bitmap Downsampling is not done for best quality.



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Compression Type will reduce the file size, so JPEG is the best to choose as it will keep the largest file size and thus the greatest quality or image.

Bitmap Downsampling should be left as the following which may be the default (This is 300 for Color, 300 for Grayscale, and 1200 for Monochrome). These are all in the eye of the beholder, so this is something that if you feel you like it more one way or another, then you can test different settings but generally the above are the best for high quality photos.

Anything under Texts and Fonts is not relevant to your needs as you are only concerned with images
compress text and line art doesn't matter and Binary or ASCII doesn't matter since again this applies to text only

Preserve document overprints is used to override manual color trapping such as outlines and fills. This can be useful if another application is not being used for trapping the objects. So have this checked.
Preserve halftone screen information maintains line frequency and angle information for postscript devices and Preserve Spot colors determines whether spot color(s) should be converted to CMYK or maintained. This maintains color consistency. So have both of these checked.
Maintain OPI links maintains any Open Prepress Interface comments for linked images. You don't need this, uncheck.

Apply ICC profile can be enabled if using printer (composite or separations) color profiles. Use the Separation printer profile if printing to an imagesetter or use the Composite printer profile if printing to a full color desktop printer so this depends on what you are doing and any other settings for better quality would from now on come from your printer settings specifically. I hope this helps. Let me know how it turns out.


Posted on Jul 23, 2009

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Jul 23, 2009

    1. Thanks, good to know it is a brochure
    2. That's fine then
    3. Yes, keep the compatibility setting on
    4. no, higher number equals greater quality until your printer can't do any better, a high number also increases file size
    5. Sounds good, let me know how this goes.

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Jul 23, 2009

    Use PDF/X3 for the compatibility setting

    The downsampling numbers means the number of dots per inch or dpi and 300 is basically a max that printers can handle, so a higher number is a better quality than a lower number



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