Pre-Press

Press Ready PDF’s is our most desireable form of art but TimberTech also accepts the following:

Preferred Applications

  • Adobe InDesign
  • QuarkXPress
Preferred Supporting Applications

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
We can accept Microsoft Publisher and Word (PC only) but these programs are not considered Commercial Print files and do not meet industry standards therefore you may have undesirable results.

Our Current Applications

Mac:

  • QuarkXPress 9.3.1
  • Adobe InDesign CC
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
PC:

  • Adobe InDesign CC
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
When submitting the any of these applications be sure to include all fonts and links. It is always best to convert fonts to outline and embed all images when using Illustrator. Be sure that all images are converted from RGB to CMYK in Photoshop to achieve the best color quality and that they are at 300 dpi (industry standards) at desired print size.

Tips

Exporting a PDF

InDesign

  1. Edit > Transparency Flattener Presets
  2. Add or Edit Flattener Preset 1
    • Raster/Vector: 100
    • Line Art & Text: 288
    • Gradient & Mesh: 144
    • ✓ Convert all strokes to outline
  3. File > Export
  4. Choose Desktop as your location and name the file
  5. Adobe PDF Preset – PDF/x1a
  6. Advanced Tab – Transparency Flattener > Flattener Preset 1
  7. Export
QuarkXPress

    1. File > Export > Layout as PDF
    2. Save as – choose file name desired
    3. Choose desktop as location
    4. PDF style PDFx-1a
    5. Options
      • Compression Tab
        • Color images: Compression – JPEG/medium
        • Grayscale images: Compression JPEG/medium
        • A compress text & line art
      • Color Tab
        • Mode: Composite
        • Setup: Composite CMYK & Spot
      • Fonts Tab: Select all
      • Marks Tab: Centered
      • Bleed Tab: Symmetric – .125”
      • Transparency Tab: ✓ Flatten Transparency – OK
    6. Save