Using PDF Templates With The Adobe Suite

This post discusses how to:

  • Open PDF templates in the Adobe Suite
  • Ensure the PDF template is print-ready and save it out

Opening PDF Templates Using Adobe

All of the various Adobe design programs (such as Illustrator and Photoshop) allow users to open PDF documents and make changes to them as necessary. To open one of our PDF templates in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign, do the following:

  1. Download the template you need from the product page or from our graphics templates page.
  2. Navigate to where you have the template saved. If you didn’t specify a download location, it will be saved to your Downloads folder.
  3. Right-click on the PDF template that you want to open. On the context menu that opens up, select the “Open With” option.
  4. Pick the design program that you’re using. This will open the PDF template in your chosen Adobe application so that you can begin designing your artwork using our template. See the image below for more information on how to design your image so that it conforms to our template.

We offer application-specific tutorials for using our tutorials with Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. For more information on how to use our templates with the software, see one of the three videos below.

Once you’re sure that you’ve used the correct template and ensured that all elements of your design are where you want them, it’s time to get your PDF print-ready.

Ensuring Your PDF Is Print-Ready

To make sure your PDF is print-ready, you’ll need the “Print_Ready_PDF.joboptions” file, which can be downloaded from here.

Once you’ve downloaded our job options file, open up either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator and bring up the PDF template that you’d like to save as a print-ready PDF.

Open the “Edit” menu and scroll down to “Adobe PDF Presets.” In the “Adobe PDF Presets” menu, click the “Import” button.

Find the “Print_Ready_PDF.joboptions” file that you downloaded earlier. Open it. When it comes time to save your PDF, choose the “Print_Ready_PDF” preset and then click “Save PDF”. Your PDF template is now saved as a print-ready PDF.

For instructions on how to add job options files to Adobe Acrobat Distiller and Adobe InDesign, see here.

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