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Lesson 4. Customizing Adobe PDF Output Q... > Controlling Adobe PDF output quality

Controlling Adobe PDF output quality

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

In Lesson 3, “Creating Adobe PDF Files,” you learned how to convert a source document directly to Adobe PDF using Distiller. Behind the scenes of this conversion process, Distiller creates an intermediate file in PostScript format before producing the final Adobe PDF file. For greater control over the creation of Adobe 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 Adobe PDF files using watched folders. Although you'll not do so in this lesson, you can easily create PostScript files from many source applications.

For information on setting up your system to create PostScript files, see “Creating PostScript files” in the Acrobat 5.0 online Help.


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