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46 a-e-mag.com • A&E SEPTEMBER 2019 The next thing is Compatibility. Most often Acrobat 9.0 is the best choice (as most folks have 9.0 or later), but when sending to my RIP program, PDF/X-1a proved to be the best choice for my purposes. Up next, the Color tab (Figure 3) allows one to choose various color options, with the most important being Output Colors As. CMYK, RGB, and Grayscale are self explana- tory; Native will include each object with its original color attributes. Native is the best choice if you need to preserve multiple color models for different elements within your file. The next tab, Document (Figure 4) also has numerous options. These are mostly dis- cretionary as to how the PDF is displayed (mostly your choice). The next tab, Objects (Figure 5) is a bit more important. First to note is Com- pression Type: usually None is best, but LZW and ZIP are both good choices to reduce file size (LZW is preferred). It is usually best to avoid JPEG compression altogether. Bitmap Down-Sampling is usu- ally best left alone, unless there is a specific reason to alter it. Compress Text and Line Art is generally a good choice. Export All Text as Curves is probably best when the recipient may not have the fonts used in your file included on their system. This, of course, limits editing abili- ties, so must be used with utmost discre- tion. An alternative is to include your font files with the PDF file. Fig 4 Fig 5 Fig 6

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