10 Replies Latest reply on Sep 10, 2015 3:58 PM by Willi Adelberger

    WMF images for printing

    Arvindkmar Level 1

      Hi All,

       

      Can we use .wmf files in Indesign CS6 for printing and making the epub and XML files.

       

      Is there any chance that wmf files will create any problem while making the PDF from the Acrobat Distiller.

       

      Which is the best option to go with .EPS or .WMF format for printing and as well as for Digital versions.

       

      Please assist me with the same.

       

      Regards

      Arvind

        • 1. Re: WMF images for printing
          Derek Cross Level 6

          Lots  of questions. InDesign uses its own format. You can place for example Word files in Indesign.

          You Export to ePub from InDesign, either fixed layout or reflowable text. ePub has its own file types.

          You don't use distiller to produce PDFs, you normally use the InDesign Acrobat presets.

          You don't use EPS format - it's outdated.

          • 2. Re: WMF images for printing
            Willi Adelberger Most Valuable Participant

            WMF is supposed for Office programs on Windows only and has nothing to do with printing. It is not only a chance that it will create problems, it WILL create problems. (WMF is a problem in itself.)

            EPS is an old outdated format which should not be used in modern days anyway.

             

            You should neither use Distiller nowadays anymore. Use Export to create PDFs.

             

            File types you should use are AI, PDF, PSD and PDP. JPG is allowed.

            • 3. Re: WMF images for printing
              Arvindkmar Level 1

              Thank you for the reply.

               

              We use distiller to convert all the color images to grey scale.

               

              I have a question if we do not us the distiller will the images be High Res. (as in the image quality will not be hampered.)

               

              Thanks for support and assistance.

               

              Regards

              Arvind

              • 4. Re: WMF images for printing
                Arvindkmar Level 1

                Thank you very much.

                • 5. Re: WMF images for printing
                  Derek Cross Level 6

                  Re PDFs - Export from InDesign using the Adobe presets. Use High Quality Print for colour desktop printers and PDFX-1 for commercial litho, unless your printer has specified another.

                  • 6. Re: WMF images for printing
                    Arvindkmar Level 1

                    Thank you Derek

                    • 7. Re: WMF images for printing
                      Willi Adelberger Most Valuable Participant

                      The Distiller should not be used anymore with Adobe Applications. There is no reason to use psotscript anymore. Distiller needs postscript.

                      You can convert upon PDF export by selecting a greyscale profile.

                      • 8. Re: WMF images for printing
                        Dov Isaacs Adobe Employee

                        Actually for “desktop printing” from Acrobat or Reader, the workflow is totally optimized for PDF/X-4 in terms of handling live transparency and color management correctly.

                         

                        For commercial printing, any device that has a RIP using the Adobe PDF Print Engine technology will likewise yield much higher quality output using PDF/X-4. Even though many commercial printers specify PDF/X-1a (which technologically is very 1990-ish), many will gladly take PDF/X-4. If you encounter a commercial printer that either doesn't know what PDF/X-4 is or refuses to accept same, I would proceed very cautiously. Personally, I won't patronize any print service provider that can't deal with todays' best practices workflow standards.

                         

                                  - Dov

                        • 9. Re: WMF images for printing
                          Dov Isaacs Adobe Employee

                          In terms of WMF, although it is certainly not ideal for high quality graphics, content in WMF certainly can be placed in InDesign documents and subsequently exported to PDF. I've personally produced high quality printed output with placed WMF and/or EMF content.

                           

                          The problem with most available artwork in WMF or EMF format is less the file format, but usually the fact that much of the cheesiest clipart on the web is in those formats. Since WMF and EMF are presumed to be sRGB only formats, you should be careful of both (1) out of gamut issues as well as (2) rich black issues. That having been said, the same two issues impact PDF or even EPS placed into InDesign if the origins of same were RGB-only.

                           

                          By the way, it buys you absolutely nothing to open WMF or EMF in Illustrator and save as PDF. Whatever problems were in the WMF or EMF are propagated to the PDF file; this process doesn't in any way improve the content.

                           

                                   - Dov

                          • 10. Re: WMF images for printing
                            Willi Adelberger Most Valuable Participant

                            The problem is that WMF/EMF might work well on Windows Computer but causes problems on Macs. It becomes more difficult, if a WMF uses a font on Windows which might not be installed on a different Computer or will work differently on the Mac (or not work at all). If someone wants to proceed with WMF/EMF he should stay on Windows.