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Printing a proof

The document needs to be prepared for print. The most economical solution is to simply use a home office desktop printer. A service bureau such as Kinko's offers printing to desktop laser printers, and is well equipped to deal with larger print runs, different formats, folds and bindings. When it comes to the print quality and accurate reproduction of colors, however, a professional printer using offset printing is the way to go.

Before sending a document to a service bureau for printing, it's a good idea to do several proof-prints on a desktop laser, or color ink-jet printer.

1.
Switch back to the CMYK Transparency Blend Space by choosing Edit > Transparency Blend Space > Document CMYK.

For the purpose of this lesson, the following two steps are optional. If no printer is connected to the computer, it is possible to “print” the document to a PDF file, by choosing Adobe PDF from the Printer pop-up menu in step 3.

2.
With the newsletter document open in InDesign, choose File > Print.

3.
Select your desktop printer from the Printer pop-up menu, and click Print.

With the first proof-print in hand, check whether the typeface styles and sizes look good on paper. Once the final copy is in place, it's also a good idea to do the proofreading on a printed version of the document, rather than on the screen. You may be surprised at how many more errors are discovered on a printout than on screen. InDesign's built-in spell checker can find the most obvious typos, but it's no substitute for carefully proof-reading a document.

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