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Creating PDF Files

One of the more exciting developments in computer graphics in the past few years has been the acceptance and widespread use of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF files can be created from almost any application and then read using Acrobat Reader (which is available free from the Adobe Web site).

Originally the folks at Adobe created PDF as a way to transfer and read documents without printing them—part of their grand plan for a paperless office. And although PDF has been accepted for that, its real glory has been its role in the prepress process. PDF documents allow you to package a file for a service bureau and include all the fonts and graphics necessary to print the file. Unlike a self-contained PostScript file, which can only be sent to a printer, PDF files can be opened, examined, modified slightly, and even added to other documents. This makes them ideal for advertising and illustrations that need to be incorporated into magazines, newspapers, books, and other publications.


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