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Pdf output looks different when exported from InDesign vs CorelDraw?


Question

I have created a design in CorelDraw. While publishing it to PDF, it gets washed out. That might be due to some color management issue.

Now, when I'm create the same design in InDesign the PDF generates exact color and quality.

How can I be sure that this PDF generated from InDesign will print to paper as it is shown on screen in PDF ?

2014/07/16
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7/16/2014 12:29:00 PM

[How] can I be sure that this PDF generated from InDesign will print to paper as it is shown on screen in PDF ?

You can't.

There at least a dozen variables in the path from screen to press. You can not control all of them and it's entirely possible ones you can control are incorrect.

You have to calibrate everything - monitors, scanners - use proper profiles for all application and images - export to a press-ready (PDF) format and then get a chroma key/color proof from the printer.

Once you do this a few times you'll begin to trust your settings. However, there's never an absolute way to know that everything is perfectly correct until you see the file off the press compared to your screen.

I am not a Corel user. But I am a long time InDesign user. If you've got your monitor properly calibrated, your InDesign color settings correct, and exported to PDF/X format, chances are you're pretty close with the PDF generated from InDesign. However, only a chroma key or press proof will verify that.

2014/07/16
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7/16/2014 12:23:00 PM