Most image file formats can have color profiles. Some image viewers like web browsers however are not color managed. If your going to put images on the web you should convert the image to the sRGB color space. Save with or without the profile embedded. Profiles are small they don't add much to an image file size. Web Browsers support a limited number of image file formats. Jpeg, PNG and Gif. Gif files are small however the file format does not have good color capabilities. Jpeg file format does not support Transparency.
Since acrobat does not support psd (or the last time I checked) tiff would be the next best choice as it supports majority of the features a psd file does.
You should certainly save a PDF from Photoshop, not any other format to convert. That way you have full control. You can then convert to PDF/X-1a in Acrobat: for best control save a CMYK PDF with embedded profile matching the output intent you will use.
Ah, I see you can't. When you said directly I assumed you meant you could do PDF but not PDF/X.
My recommendation how to make a PDF/X-1a:
1. Define the CMYK process, for instance ISOCoated-v2-eci, SWOP etc.
2. Convert all images from RGB into this CMYK space and save as TIFF.
The CMYK space has to be same for all images, therefore it's not necessary to embedd
the profile. For safety the profile can be embedded.
3. Make the document with images and text by InDesign.
4. Export as PDF/X1-a with the specified CMYK profile as Output-Intent.
The Output-Intent has to be defined at this stage.
All embedded profiles will be stripped. Numbers (values) for C,M,Y,K are left unchanged.
The Output-Intent is useful for a reasonable preview for inspecting the doc generally and
especially at the plate setter.
It's not allowed to convert the PDF into a different CMYK space because this would destroy
the black generation.
Best regards --Gernot Hoffmann
I wonder if this is a bug in CS5 since it seams to work fine in CC. Or photoshop needs to be reinstalled (if a file is missing to use pdf export)
I assumed pdf was not working right at all which was why I recommended tiff.
Are you able to print to pdf? If I recall the profile is not included that way, but was curious if it was working or not.
Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I have managed to print to eps which seems to get great results, now I need to somehow convert that to PDF/X1-a.
As I mentioned in my other thread, I have previously had no trouble printing to PDF/X1-a following the usual save as PDF procedure - I've done it hundreds of times before. I went back and tried saving older documents and they no longer work either, so it's clearly a system-wide thing and not related to my current document as I originally thought.
@Silkrooster I am able to print to pdf, but for some reason my pdf printer does not have the PDF/X1-a preset (and Distiller seems to use the same preset list so that is also not an option).
So overall I will probably just upgrade to a newer version of Photoshop, but if anyone knows where I can get a later version of the PDF printer or some other way/program to convert my eps file to PDF/X1-a that would be a great help in the meantime.
Is there a reason that you are not saving as eps or pdf instead of printing? Just doing some confirming as it starting to sound like you have not tried it and I thought you did.
Sorry, I said print to eps, but I meant save as eps. So I can save as eps. As I said in my previous comment though, I can print to PDF, but not to PDF/X1-a.
To close, I upgraded and I can now print to PDF/X1-a. Save as PDF still doesn't work, but at least there's a way to do it, however cumbersome. Thanks to all.
Are you unable to select a preset?