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Lesson 12. Customizing PDF Output Quality > Controlling PDF output quality

Controlling PDF output quality

Acrobat Distiller produces PDF files that accurately preserve the look and content of the original document. Distiller also uses various methods to compress text, line art, and bitmap images so that they use less file space in the resulting PDF file. In this lesson, you'll learn how to choose and customize compression options to create the PDF quality and file size appropriate to your output needs.

In Lesson 3, "Creating PDF from Authoring Programs," you learned how to convert a source document directly to PDF using Distiller. Behind the scenes of this conversion process, Distiller creates an intermediate file in PostScript format before producing the final PDF file. For greater control over the creation of PDF files, you may want to create your own PostScript file from the source document and then process the PostScript file manually using Distiller. Creating PostScript files manually gives you greater control over page descriptions and compression options, and allows you to automate the creation of PDF files using watched folders. Although you'll not do so in this lesson, you can easily create PostScript files from many source applications.


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