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Printing Rant. InDesign, ugh!


I have experience running printers and looking at files making sure they’re ready to print. I’ve come to the conclusion that no one really knows how to use InDesign. Every time I get an InDesign file, it’s like anticipating how did this person mess this up.  It seems like no one understands knows these two simple concepts before sending things out to print:

  1. Outline your text

Clicking on the package file allows the printer receiving the file to access the photos links and print your file. Otherwise, we’re printing text and large blank spaces. Also printers don’t have every font ever made. Outline your text.

A giant stone face at The Bayon temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia

In addition to sharing restrictions, your printer may not be running the same operating system (OSX v. Windows) as you, so your fonts might not even work on their computer.


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