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Direct2Time Print Ad Specifications Online Digital Ad Specifications Digital Magazine Ad Specifications Time Inc.
PDF Guide

PDF Guide

Introduction

Time Inc. will ONLY accept ads in the PDFx/1a file format.


Below are tips for how to produce a PDFx/1a from the Adobe CS Suite of software. These are the recommended steps to ensure your file will pass preflight the first time when you upload to the Time inc. Ad portal. If you do not follow these steps you may have posision your ad in the Ad portal.

Note, the Screen shots provided are for a Macintosh. However the steps on a PC should be identical. If you have questions or do not know how to produce a PDFx/1a from the application you are using please contact the technical contact for the title you will be submiting for. You can find that contact name by click on the title above.


ADOBE INDESIGN
 
Check The Page Size

Under the File menu, choose Document Setup and ensure that the dimensions are correct.

Check The Page Size

If needed, change the document size and move the ad file to the middle of the new document.

Ensure that the trim and bleed sizes are correct while you have the file open.

Ensure that all marks are correct and that they are outside of the image area.


Check The Colors Used

Select the Swatches Pallete in InDesign and ensure that all colors not intended to separate as a spot color are set to separate as a process color equivalent.

All colors not intended to separate as a spot are defined as CMYK and the Color Type is Process.

Scroll through the colors and see if the intended spot colors are set to spot and the intended ones are converted to process. Double-click on a color to edit it.

Check The Colors Used

Save The PDF File

Under the File menu, choose Adobe PDF Presets and select [PDF/x-1a:2001].

Save The PDF File

Name your PDF file when prompted in the Export pallete and click Save.

Once you have named your PDF file, you will then be need to export the PDF with the PDF/X-1a settings.

Select "Marks and Bleeds" On the left. Set the Marks to "All Printer's Marks". Make sure to set the "Offset" to at least .125". Otherwise your crop marks will be in the bleed area and you may be called at a later date to re-do it.

Set the Bleed to the Specificaton amount.

Save The PDF File


Simply click on the "Save PDF" button.


ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
 
Create your new document

Under the File menu, choose New Document In the Width and Height put the dimensions from the publications Trim specifications. Fill in the bleed information from the bleed spcifications.

Check The Page Size

Check The Colors Used

Select the Swatches Pallete in Illustrator and ensure that all colors not intended to separate as a spot color are set to separate as a process color equivalent.

All colors not intended to separate as a spot are defined as CMYK and the Color Type is Process.

Scroll through the colors and see if the intended spot colors are set to spot and the intended ones are converted to process.

Check The Colors Used

Double-click on a color to edit it.

Save The PDF File

Under the File menu, choose Save As...

Select Adobe PDF in the Format option, as shown below.

Name your PDF file and click Save.

Save As

Once you have named your PDF file, you will then be prompted to select the PDF settings.

Select [PDF/X-1a:2001] from the Adobe PDF Preset option, as shown below.

Save The PDF File

Select "Marks and Bleeds" On the left. Set the Marks to "All Printer's Marks". Make sure to set the "Offset" to at least .125". Otherwise your crop marks will be in the bleed area and you may be called at a later date to re-do it.

Set the Bleed to the Specificaton amount.

Save The PDF File


Simply click on the Save PDF button.




ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
 
Check The Color Mode

Under the Image menu, choose Mode and ensure that the color is set to CMYK, as shown below.

Check The Color Mode

Save File As PDF

From the File menu, choose Save As...

Select Photoshop PDF in the Format option, as shown below.

Name your PDF file and click Save.

Save File As PDF

Once you have named your PDF file, you will then be prompted to select the PDF settings.

Select [PDF/X-1a:2001] from the Adobe PDF Preset option, as shown below.

The Adobe PDF Preset settings should NOT be changed in this window.


Simply click on the Save PDF button.

Save File As PDF