In mathematics, bicubic interpolation is an extension of cubic interpolation for interpolating data points on a two-dimensional regular grid. The interpolated. In computer graphics and digital imaging, image scaling refers to the resizing of a digital image. According to the theorem, downsampling to a smaller image from a higher-resolution original can only be carried out One weakness of bilinear, bicubic and related algorithms is that they sample a specific number of pixels. How Downsampling Works. Downsampling is the process of changing the resolution of any image from its placed size in a document to 72 dpi.

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Magazine and print designers must be versatile in many areas. Design and typography downsamlling a must, image color correction is a good bonus, but to be able to work on your own, which means creating print materials from beginning to an end, you have to know lots of stuff about prepress process. Creating error free print ready PDF files is one such thing. Some 15 years ago, there was no PDF output.

Bicubic interpolation

To export pages of your magazine to printing house you had to print pages to a. This process was called Print To File. Then the prepress team in the printing house sent those files ibcubic a RIP Raster Image Processor which converted PostScript files so downsamplinng the image setter can recognize them and create four sheets of film, each in one process color.

Later came PDF output. But in the beginning it was not direct exporting bidubic PDF. Again, you had to create Postscript files. Again, as in other production related posts we will deal only with the necessary options that will be of use to you. All of the screen shots in this post are from my custom preset which is set up from the joboptions file I got from the printing house with which I work very often.

Before we start it is good to point out that the images in your publication have to be in CMYK color mode and at least in dpi resolution.

You downsamlping go lower than this, but bicuvic this will affect the quality of the images in print. If you are not sure if all of your downsampljng and documents are print ready, check out our post about preflight which will help you determine if your layout files are error free. Always compress your images. This will save you time and PDF files will be significantly smaller. I set up bleed in my documents by default so I checked this option. Here we will discuss the three most commonly used presets.

You can modify each of these and re-save them. As you can see from my own preset drop down menu I modified all of them to suit my needs. I will point out which options to change. By adjusting them you will get presets that will suit you much better, PDF downdampling will be smaller in size and quality will be sufficient for the intended purpose. Appropriate for online distribution or e-mail attachments.


Do not use it in commercial printing, where reliable viewing, online proofing, and reproduction of the original content ibcubic crucial. This may result in noticeable color shifts from the original artwork. Intended for printing on in-house and desktop printers.

For the most accurate printing resemblance, print your pages on proofing printers. For that you will use either custom made preset or the Press quality preset. The settings of the Press Quality preset create a PDF that converts color content to CMYK using the specified destination profile, which locks the output to a particular device.

Some printing houses will say it is OK to send them PDF files created with this preset but most of them will ask for you to create PDF files with their joboptions file, which leads us to the next chapter. Each printing house has its bjcubic rules and regulations regarding the way that the PDF files should be made.

Some like to have a whole magazine outputted as one large PDF file, some like it page by page. Some prefer all page marks to be on, some like them to be off. This is the easiest option for you, since the joboption preset will biucbic visible in your presets menu.

All you need to do is to select it and all of the settings will be adjusted automatically. If they do not have joboptions file ready and you need to adjust preset on your own ask the prepress team what options to include and what not to include.

This concludes the topic of PDF file creation. As always, if you have any questions or misunderstandings please feel free to contact us or leave a comment. If I were to then insert pages from another print ready PDF say a client has provided me with print ready pdfs of adverts or content into it… would it mess everything up page numbering, color profiles?

Which leads me to my second questions. If I were to extract those pages from the PDF I received and insert them straight into my InDesign as I would a photo or an advert and then make a new complete final PDF… will that save all the features of the pages I received? Is this the better option? Yes, second option is much better.

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In fact I never use the first one. Many times PDF files received from advertisers contain crop marks which you may not need. Also there can be some spot colors in those files which need to be converted to CMYK.

For example you have editorial page on the left and ad page on the right. Import the pdf and at the end export all of bicbuic files to PDF with your settings. In this way you will retain your settings. Additionally you can change the bicubic downsampling of images to 72 dpi under the Compression settings. The existing magazine publisher software is extremely dated and expensive, requires training and time to complete this simple task.


Try Pagesorter and sort pages in a instant, without training or software downloads. All of this is easily done in Adobe Acrobat Pro. No training needed and it is included in Adobe Creative Suit. First bicuboc all zooming can distort PDF. But the best thing is to print the page. If it is ok on paper it will be OK in print. Even better to print it on digital proofing device.

The thing you see on the screen does not have to be the problem.

Resampling (downsampling) explained

Mostly it is bad rendering. But sometimes thin gap lines can occur This happens when you place cut out PSD file without background. For example if you place cut out image on sold one in InDesign and export to PDF lines where you closed the photo box can occur.

Hard to see but they are noticeable. In your case it looks like bad rendering and everything should be fine in print. But again I cannot say for sure since I cannot see the problem by myself.

Thank you for taking the time to explain this important but complicated topics in a very simple ways. I came across this article because I have been looking for a good in house but good laser printer for starting my own magazine business. Every articles I read talked in general terms but did not go into the specific kind of printer that can do the job.

Can you help please. Looking forward to hearing from you. Maybe for some fanzines. The disadvantage of home printers is that you cannot print to the edge of the paper. Also there is an issue of binding pages together after you print them. But if you are not using any elements that go into the bleed or across a spread you can print it on home printer.

But in low quantities. My advice is to contact some digital printing house which can help you.

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