How to Save Adobe InDesign File As a PDF

You can save an Indesign file as a PDF in Adobe InDesign by choosing File > Export. 

Hi! My name is Liuda. InDesign is my favorite tool for making layouts and publishing designs because there are many sophisticated tools and features that make the process easier and deliver great results. 

As usual, I use Adobe InDesign to make nice layouts and designs for books, magazines, brochures, and more. When the InDesign file is done, you can prepare the PDF for publishing.

In this article, I will show you how to save an Indesign file as a high-quality PDF in Adobe InDesign. 

Let’s dive in. 

How to Save Adobe InDesign File as PDF

In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll show you how to save an Adobe Indesign document as a PDF file without losing quality, how to export an InDesign file to EPUB, and many more.

Follow these steps to save the file as a pdf in InDesign.

Note: I work with both PC and Mac. The steps to save the file as a PDF in Adobe InDesign are the same. 

Step 1: Set Up Your Document

The easiest way to save the INDD file as a PDF in Adobe InDesign is to find the Export panel from the overhead menu File > Export

Step 2: Arrange the Text

Select Format > Adobe PDF (Print) and press Save

Step 3: Choose the Export Settings

Set any options in the Export Adobe PDF dialog box, then click Export to output the PDF.

For example, you can add bleeds, choose the pages, print settings, etc.

If you want to print out your work, I’d recommend choosing High-Quality Print as the Adobe PDF preset.


Here are more questions related to saving your Indd file as a PDF. 

Can’t save your InDesign file as a PDF in InDesign? 

Here’s what you can do: Restart InDesign. InDesign creates a new set of default preference files. If your print or export problem persists, then you can restore your original preferences by renaming your old preference files back to their original names: InDesign SavedData and InDesign Defaults.

How to save a high-quality PDF from InDesign?

Go to File > Adobe PDF Presets pull-down menu. An additional side menu will open, select “High-Quality Print” from the menu. A window with the Export palette will open.

How to make the InDesign file size smaller without losing quality?

If you would like to reduce the InDesign file size for PDF without losing quality, first, make the lines thinner in the raster images. The thinnest lines should be no less than 2-3 pixels wide.

Check how heavy are your vector images. Adjusting transparencies can also affect page regeneration time. 

Alternatively, you can use the Acrobat online PDF compressor balances an optimized file size against the expected quality of images, fonts, and other file content. Just drag and drop a PDF into the PDF compression tool above and let Acrobat reduce the size of your PDF files without compromising quality.

How to fix InDesign PDF with low resolution?

If your InDesign file exporting blurry in PDF treats placed PDFs as images, not text, it may be rendering PDFs at normal resolution (72ppi). To fix this, change the Image Quality setting (under Advanced in the in5 export dialog) to HD (so that it renders images as HD as well).

How to Export an Indd file as EPUB?

If you would like to export an InDesign file to EPUB, open the document and choose File > Export > Format > EPUB. Specify a filename and location, and then click Save. In the Digital Editions Export Options dialog box, specify the desired options in the General, Images, and Contents areas, and then click Export.

Final Thoughts

PDF is a file format that makes your document easy to view and exchange outside of InDesign. The knowledge of how to save Adobe Indesign documents as PDF files will help you to receive these PDF files. The PDF file looks just like your InDesign document, but anyone with a PDF reader program can view it. 

How do you like my tips using Adobe InDesign? What is your favorite? Do you have any other tips for designers and writers? Let me know in the comments below.

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