Is this an art poster--i.e., printed at 175 lpi or better on fine coated stock? Is it going to be scaled larger at print time?
If not, 300 dpi is likely overkill anyway.
At that size, I would suspect the nominal viewing distance is an arm's length or 2' at the closest. You should be able to export at no more than about 240 dpi. But 300 at the max.
The font issue. I don't know how much text is affected, but if it isn't much, try converting it to curves and then try the export of the PDF again. Else pick up the required/used fonts.
Take care, Mike
The poster is an employee poster with approx. 300 photos printed on glossy. The file in InDesign and the printed file are the same, at approx. 45" x 48.5". The viewing distance is about 2', but sometimes closer when people look at the individual images.
Is there a reason the 300dpi is the max?
There is not much text in the missing font, and it is nothing special. The original font was on the old computer, but not the new one and it has not been transferred as of yet. I was putting that out there just in case it would cause the hang up. The area where the bars are is not covering any text.
@Peter...yeah, too fast of typing without engaging brain. I was editing some PDFs in another app today and while the fonts were present from embedding, they were subsetted and I was simply converting them to curves so output would go smoothly.
If this was being offset, twice the dpi to a little more of the lpi it is being printed is more than sufficient. If it is going to digital print, the limiting factor is the real dpi the device is capable of. While you will read high dpi claims, the data of continuous tone images greater than 300 dpi is all going to be processed and the rip is going to toss the extra pixels out (i.e., not going to print them).
Also, if looking at the links panel, if you have images where the effective resolution is above 300 dpi at 100% scale, ID is going to chew on the image(s) and simply chew up memory unneccesarily. So I would fire up PS and ensure any images are scaled appropriately and are exported out at 100% of the pixel dimensions of their placement in ID and 300 dpi. Exporting should go (more) smoothly if this isn't the case.
Fonts. I suspect you simply changed the font, correct? If so, it shouldn't have popped up any font messages going to PDF. If not, do so if the typeface is not key to the look/feel.
Take care, Mike