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Compiling a print-ready file using InDesign CS3+ (Part 2)

Prerequisite

You have all your pages in your inDesign document, page numbers ready, etc.

Objective

Turn this file into a standalone PDF file, so that you can either print this on your home laser printer, or bring it to a print shop and get it printed duplex (double-sided.)

For people using Indesign CS3+. For tutorial in CS2 (using inBooklet SE plugin), please see previous entry.

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Compiling a print-ready file using InDesign (Part 1)

Most of this post is based on CS2 on a Mac because that’s what I use. I am going to focus on the minimal basic stuff.

  • Prerequisite

You have your comic pages as individual files in a folder.

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  • Objective

Compile these comic pages into one single file ready for print.

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Preparing comic for print (process talk)

Whenever I prepare new projects, I find myself sharing/rehashing the same information to contributors. So here I’ve finally put it out to the public.

My process is

  1. Draw on paper at larger size
  2. Scan in grayscale/bitmap
  3. Convert to grayscale
  4. Do all my drawing edits (at the larger size)
  5. Resize to working print-size
  6. Convert to bitmap (50% threshold)
  7. Convert to grayscale (so you can use layers)
  8. Tone, letter
  9. Flatten/bitmap (50% threshold)
  10. Ready for print + book layout

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