Postscript to PDF

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by MarkW19, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. macrumors 65816

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    I've exported a Postcript file from Quark 6, and it's 6MB. However, when I open it in Preview, and Save As PDF, it's only 60KB!

    Can anyone help? Is there a better way to convert this file into a PDF?
     
  2. macrumors member

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    Why would you create a PDF from preview?

    I haven't used quark in a while, but can't you export to PDF from there?

    or if you have acrobat (full program) you can either use distiller: just drag the postscript file into the conversion window. Remember to adjust your settings first.

    or it should have installed a PDF printer into the list of printers available to your computer just look into File--> Print and choose Adobe PDF 8 (if you have the latest version)
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the reply. Export to PDF in Quark produces unpredictable results, and ive been advised against it by the printers I use. Also, File->Print->PDF in Quark doesn't allow me to change the advanced output settings.

    I guess I need to get Acrobat 8 then, with Distiller and the printer addition.
     
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    Postscript to PDF

    The only way you should make a PDF from quark is printing to a postscript file, and then put this file through Distiller. Any other method, including printing to a PDF printer, will give you mixed results. I have had very bad colour management problems with the PDF 8 driver, PDF 6 works the best. I use Quark 6 on a daily basis, and prepare ads for publications, and by printing to postscript, and putting it through Distiller, I NEVER have a problem. It is always as designed.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No worries, this is what I've been hearing. Basically avoiding making a PDF directly from Quark, at all costs!

    So, Distiller comes as part of Acrobat 8?
     
  6. macrumors G4

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    Yes, certainly as part of Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I emailed my postscript file to a colleague who has Adobe Distiller (as part of Acrobat Pro.), and he's converted it using the Press Quality setting, and the output PDF is still only very small - 128k. It's at 2400dpi, but is only just an envelope address (black only). Is such a small file normal?
     
  8. macrumors G4

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    Yes.
     
  9. 7on
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    I sometimes use a custom distillation where I set all images to uncompressed (instead of JPEG). Works pretty well for the most part, though if the images are large resolutions, I wouldn't give it to a printer this way. I did this, for instance, when we had Postits made with the corporate branding on it and a tiff seal had to be included so I distilled it uncompressed.
     

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