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Prepare InDesign CS5 Documents for Professional Printing

The Package feature in InDesign Creative Suite 5 is used to check for quality in documents and provides a listing of its fonts, print settings, and inks).

You can determine whether any elements associated with the file are missing and then package it into a single folder to take the document to a service provider. Here’s how:

  1. Choose File→Package.

    The Package dialog box opens. The Summary screen is open to begin with, and it shows you all current images and fonts in the document. Essentially, the summary is based on an analysis of the document.

  2. Click Fonts in the list on the left side of the dialog box.

    Any fonts in your document are listed on this screen. Select fonts from this list and click the Find Font button to discover where they’re located. These fonts are saved directly into the package folder when you finish.

  3. Click Links and Images in the list on the left side of the dialog box.

    The Links and Images screen lists the images within your document. Find the image, update it, and repair links before packing the file. If any images aren’t properly linked, your document is incomplete and prints with pictures missing. Also, make sure that if you’re sending your work to a professional printer, you’ve properly converted your images to CMYK mode. For your desktop printer, RGB mode is fine.

  4. When you’re finished, click the Package button at the bottom of the dialog box.

    Your document and all its associated files are saved into a folder. You’re given the opportunity to name the folder and specify a location on your hard drive.

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