How to Prepare a PDF for Printing

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Experts Exchange community member ddantes was creating gift cards for his church’s new gift shop, and he needed to prepare a PDF for printing. The vendor he chose wanted to charge him extra for helping him create the layout, and since ddantes and his wife were donating the first run of 250 cards themselves, he wanted to minimize costs.

“I’d appreciate instructions on how to place trim marks on the 8.75 x 6.25 file, such that the white margin is maintained, the page size is maintained, and the trim marks indicate that the finished product is to be cropped so as to eliminate the marginal bleed area…I’m trying to economize by performing the layout (myself). I’m retired, and have the time and interest to learn,” ddantes wrote.  “The card may go through some changes over time, or prior to the next run, and I’d like to be able to maintain the project without needing a professional to revise the layout each time.  I have Acrobat 11 Pro, Paint Shop Pro, and an application which resizes a PDF page, preserving the file size.”

Adobe Acrobat Ace khkremer graciously offered to walk him through the process and gave step-by-step instructions on how to create a print layout. Adobe Acrobat Master DaveBaldwin chimed in on the conversation and over the next two days, the two experts worked with ddantes to help him accomplish his goal. In the end, a local church received quality gift cards, money was saved and ddantes learned a new skill.

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