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Chapter 11. Printing > Print Presets

Print Presets

We don’t know about you, but we find we print a typical InDesign publication (at least) three different ways. We print a proof copy on our laser printer, a color proof on a color printer, and then we print our final copies on an imagesetter. In the first two instances, we print composites; when we print to an imagesetter, we typically print color separations. You might think that for each type of printing we have to claw our way through the settings in the Print dialog box. Instead, we save our Print dialog box settings in a print preset—which means that switching from proof to final printing is as easy as selecting the appropriate print preset.

Print presets are like paragraph styles—they’re bundles of attributes that can be applied in a single action. Almost all of the attributes in the Print dialog box and in the printer driver dialog boxes are included in a print preset.


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