|RGB Color Blend Settings - file I want for print|
However, I started noticing discrepancies between jpegs provided and approved of by authors and the muted output in the PDFs I was providing to authors, but this only happened with certain projects. Then I realized the muted PDFs were the ones coming out of Photoshop directly, rather than the ones coming out of InDesign.
Ideally, a cover is formatted in InDesign, but some printers, like CreateSpace, don't provide cover templates in an InDesign format, only in PDF or PNG format, which means it will be formatted in Photoshop and the PDF needed for upload to CreateSpace will be 'saved as' in Photoshop vs 'printed as' a postscript file, then converted to PDF in Acrobat distiller.
What this means is, when a cover is formatted in InDesign, then converted to a PDF, the color attributes will carry over to the PDF, or a warning will pop-up, explaining the color transparency space doesn't match. However, when saving to PDF straight from Photoshop, unless you direct the output settings in a specific way, RBG color settings will switch to CMYK settings in the final file. This comparison shows the difference in output.
So after fighting with this for many hours, I figured out how to save my Photoshop to PDF setting and keep my RGB color in the final output file.
The cover is finished and ready for conversion. Now what?
Save as PDF:
- as a copy checked
- layers unchecked
- ICC profile sRGB checked
- View PDF after saving
- PDF/X-1a2001 (modified)
- first switch to 'no conversion'
- then switch to 'include destination profile'
- switch back to 'convert to destination' profile
- (this sequence allows the middle window to activate)
- select 'Adobe RGB 1998' in middle window
- finally, reset PDF/X-1a2001 above because it will change during the previous steps
- save preset
Now you have a PDF that looks as crisp and vibrant as the original RGB artwork created in Photoshop.
Hopes this tutorial has helped.
Onto wrapping up the next book
Until next time ...
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