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I typically export PDFs for printing from InDesign using the PDF/X-4:2008 standard. It's the default in CS5.
I'm working on a series of 11" x 17" posters (A3/Tabloid size) and my resulting PDF is only 1.5MB. This kind of makes sense because it's just text on a background illustration.
However, when I do a "Get Info" on the PDF, OS X tells me that the resolution is 792 × 1224. This is obviously not enough for printing an 11"x17".
I've triple checked my resolution settings in the PDF export, everything is set to 300ppi. The linked illustration is 11"x17" at 360ppi.
What am I doing wrong?
Export as a High Quality Print
Weird.... I tried to change the preset, and PDF/X-4:2008 is the only one I have.
792 x 1224 is the size, not the resolution. You can change the settings of your preset any way you want including no compression.
Ok, so I didn't have to re-install. The original Presets were all still there, they just weren't loaded into InDesign for some reason. So I loaded the "High Quality Print" one, re-exported and now the file size is only 1.1MB and the "Get Info" resolution is still 792x1224.
Yesterday I output several signs (30+ for an event) that were, on average, 4ft x 8ft. All content was vector and type. Not a single PDF exceeded 1MB. Don't worry about the file size and resolution if you're not using raster art. OK?