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Creating PDFs in Quark Xpress 6

Creating PDFs from Quark XPress 6 can be done by exporting directly to Postscript and distilling the resulting file in Acrobat Distiller. If you don’t have Acrobat Distiller you may use the built-in Quark PDF export filter, but generally you will get the best results if you use Acrobat Distiller to convert Postscript to PDF.

Method A – Export a Postscript file and use Acrobat Distiller to make a PDF

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1. Download Instructions for Quark and Distiller

First download this instruction sheet. It includes everything you need to know to set up Quark to produce a clean Postscript file and how to use Acrobat Distiller to convert Postscript to a press-ready PDF.

Download Quark and Distiller Instructions

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2. Download Settings for Distiller

Download the settings file for Acrobat Distiller 7 and later.

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3. Install Distiller settings and Change Quark Preferences.

Follow the instructions from Step 1 to install the settings into Acrobat Distiller. Change Quark preferences to export a postscript file instead of directly to PDF.

 
4. Create Postscript file

Follow the instructions from Step 1 to Export a Postscript file with the correct settings.

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5. Create PDF

After creating the Postscript file,  follow the instructions from Step 1 to convert that into a print-ready PDF using the JSM PDF7 Hi-JPG Settings in Acrobat Distiller.

Method B – Export Directly to PDF using built in Quark tools
PDFs made this way are not as reliable as those made with Acrobat. Only use this if you don't have Acrobat Distiller


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1. Download Instructions for Quark

First download this instruction sheet with information  the Quark 6 export settings you’ll need to use to create a clean PDF.

Download Quark PDF Export Instructions

 

2. Export to a PDF file

Export a PDF file. Click on Options and follow the instructions from Step 1 to enter the correct settings.