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Quark 6.x PDF Instructions

The option to PDF directly out of Quark with versions 5 and 6 has greatly simplified the options of creating pdfs. Before making pdfs be sure all your photo files are at the proper resolution and are CMYK. See link.

To create PDF files for magazine printing there are three steps required: document building, creating a settings file, and distilling the individual pages.


You will need Quark Xpress 6.


1. Go to the Quark Xpress Menu and select Preferences.

2. Select PDF.

Workflow: select the "Direct to PDF" button.
Virtual Memory: 1000 MB
Default name: "Layout pdf"

3. Click the Default Options button.
Hyperlinks Tab:
Unselect (turn off) the "Include Hyperlinks" box.
Job Options Tab:
Check the "Embed all fonts" and " Subset fonts below" boxes. Type in 100% as the option.
Compression Options: On all select Compression as "None" and Resolution as "keep Resolution".
Check the "Compress Text and Line Art" box.
Output Tab:
Color Output: "Composite" and Colors: "CMYK". Unselect (turn off) the "Use OPI" box.
Registration needs to be "Centered" with an Offset of 12pt.
Bleeds to "Page Items Only"

4. Click the Utilities Menu and select XTentions Manager..

Uncheck: Custom Bleeds, OPI, Quark CMS, and WordPerfect Filter.


1. Go to the File Menu, go to the Export option and select the "Layout as PDF" option.

You will be saving each page NOT the entire document as one pdf. If your magazine has 32 pages, there will be 32 pdfs.

VERY IMPORTANT: Name your file using the following convention:

1. page number proceeded by 3 zeros for numbers less than 10 and 2 zeros 10 and above.
2. magazine name's two letter abbreviation
3. month and year
4. at the end

examples using Your Magazine as the title:
page one (cover): 0001_YMOct04.pdf
page nine: 0009_YMOct04.pdf
page fifteen: 0015_YMOct04.pdf
page thirty eight: 0038_YMOct04.pdf

3. then hit save. The pdf file will be written to your hard drive. Repeat until every page is written.