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Preparing Digital Artwork
for Cadmus Professional Communications with

Adobe InDesign 1.0 for Macintosh

PLEASE NOTE: When creating graphics in page layout programs such as Adobe InDesign with the intention of outputting to an imagesetter or platesetter, it is extremely important that the person creating the illustration have a thorough understanding of the details of imaging in a prepress environment. There are an abundance of complex problems that can occur at output if paths are set up improperly, colors are indicated incorrectly, or other elements are constructed improperly. Trapping issues can also present problems if not addressed. The more complicated your illustration becomes, the greater the probability of problems at output, and therefore the need for more expertise and experience in creating the files.

Select one of the topics below for instructions:

Page Setup

Preflight Document

Export the page as an EPS


Page Setup

Please Note: If you set any type in InDesign, you must only use CPC supported fonts.

1. Create a new document. In InDesign, create a new document (File->New).

  • Set the width, height and orientation in the New Document dialog box (shown below) to the precise size required for the finished graphic. This step is important for proper placement of the graphic.

2. Creating the Document

  • Font Usage. Set any type needed using CPC's supported fonts. Fonts other than the supported fonts should be converted to outlines. To convert type to outlines, first select the type then choose Type->Create Outlines from the InDesign menu bar (as shown).

  • Image Usage. Before importing images into InDesign, or any other
    application, remember to set the images color mode appropriately.
    CMYK Mode is used for process printing, Grayscale and Bitmap Mode is for black and white printing. Please DO NOT use RGB or Index Modes for CPC Digital Art. Only import TIFF or EPS files into the document. We do not support importation of PDF.
  • Please note: Some journals now require that color be submitted in RGB color mode. To learn more about the RGB workflow click here.

Preflight Document

3. Examine the page elements. Before exporting the page as an EPS file, ensure all page elements (type, images and other) use the proper settings. To do this choose File->Preflight from the InDesign menu bar. Examine the following reports:


  • The supported fonts should be the only fonts listed.
  • All other fonts should be converted to outlines.

Links and Images

  • All images should list as CMYK or B&W. There should not be RGB images in the document (RGB images will not color separate).

  • ALL images should be Embedded. Any links visible in InDesign's Links palette should be embedded as shown below.

Colors and Inks

  • If the graphic is to print black and white, only Process Black should list.
  • If the graphic is to print color, only Process Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black should list.
  • Special colors like Pantone Spot colors (PMS), should be removed unless explicitly desired.

  • After this step you may choose cancel to exit the Preflight Utility.

Export the Page as an EPS

4. Export as an EPS. When you have finished creating and checking the page, export it as an EPS. Choose (File->Export) and select the EPS format as shown.

5. Select Export Options. Choose the following options for exporting EPS files.

    • For Encoding choose Binary
    • For PostScript choose Level 2
    • For Embed Fonts choose Subset
    • For Color choose Gray (Grayscale figures) or CMYK (Color figures)
    • For Imported Graphics choose High Resolution
    • Do not omit EPS, PDF or Bitmap Images

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