Tutorial 1: PDF Editing Basics
OverviewThe following tutorial will step through the basics of using
PitStop Pro. In this tutorial, you'll learn where the basic tools are located in PitStop Pro and
how to work with Preflight Profiles to perform preflight checks and simple corrections.
- The PitStop Pro Tools.
- Working with a Preflight Profile.
- Run a preflight check and make corrections.
- Editing a Preflight Profile.
Even with today's modern production techniques PDF files
are still created incorrectly, problems such as incorrect page size, low resolution images,
unwanted RGB images, lack of bleed and too much ink coverage still exist. These issues might
always not be obvious on a computer monitor but they can become a huge problem later in the
Detecting these by preflight so they can be resolved before going to
production is crucial in today's workflow and avoids losing time, upsetting customers or
incurring costly reprints.
Tutorial lengthThis tutorial should take about 15 minutes.
For this tutorial, you will need:
Note: This tutorial assumes you have a basic understanding of Acrobat Pro and is based on
using Acrobat Pro X.
Part 1: Running a Preflight Profile and making a correction
- Open Acrobat Pro with PitStop Pro 11 installed and activated.
- Open a copy of “Kreatieve_Keuken.pdf”.
- From within Acrobat Pro, open a copy the "Kreatieve_Keuken.pdf" document using the
Note: Work on a copy of the tutorial file so that you always have a clean original to
go back to. Later tutorials require an original version.
- Setting your Enfocus PitStop Pro Preferences.
- Open the Enfocus PitStop Pro Preferences found under the menu on Mac OS and on Windows OS.
- Select Show Navigator radio button in the
Once you're familiar with PitStop Pro you can
change the preferences to suit your needs. We are only making this change for the tutorials
in order to simplify the steps in the tutorial.
- Locating PitStop Pro tools.
- There are two primary ways to access PitStop Pro tools in Acrobat 10. One is through the
PitStop Pro or Plug-Ins menu and the other is
under the Acrobat Tools side bar (outlined in red below). Note that
keyboard shortcuts are available to access common tools.
For more information on
specific PitStop Pro tools or functions shown, see the PitStop Pro Reference
- Working with Preflight Profiles.
- From the Enfocus PitStop Pro menu, select Preflight
Document...” to open the Preflight tools
window. You will see a list of preflight groups represented as folders.
list of available preflight groups, click on “Standard” and then the “Ghent PDF
Workgroup” and the “2008 Specifications” subfolder. You will see a list of available
Preflight Profile checks.
Select the “SheetCMYK_1v4” profile. At this point
the Run button will become available. Note that you can
change settings on what pages to run the profile on. In this case, we'll run the
profile on the entire document.
Select the Run button
to start the preflight on the tutorial document.
When the preflight check is
complete, the Enfocus Navigator window will be displayed
(this is based on the Preference settings made earlier). In
the Enfocus Navigator, you will have a list of all Errors,
Warnings and Fixes applied to the PDF based on the settings from within the
preflight profile. From there, you can click on an item listed to highlight the
affected area or element on the page and any fixes that are available for that
- Making a correction in Preflight.
- Click on the first Error "RGB color is used". Notice that when you click on this error,
one of the images causing the error is highlighted in the Acrobat preview.
the selection to show the two objects causing the error. Click between the two to
see both images causing the error. Then click back on the parent error so that our
correction is applied to both images.
In the Enfocus
Inspector, expand the “Solution” section if it is not already. Then
click on “Add” to add a new color-remapping rule.
Now set the settings to remap the
Color Space, Device RGB to Color Space, Device CMYK. Then click the
Ok button to add the remap settings into the Enfocus
Navigator, you should see them appear in the interface and they should be
Now click the Fix button and this
remapping will be applied and the images will be corrected. Now close the Enfocus
Navigator and run the same Preflight Profile again.
Notice that the RGB error
does not appear in the Enfocus Navigator showing that the two RGB images have been
changed to CMYK.
- Close the tutorial document without saving your changes.
Part 2: Creating your own Preflight Profile
PitStop Pro has many built-in
predefined profiles based on industry standards. You can create your own Preflight Profiles
based on an existing profile or create a totally new one from scratch. In this tutorial, we're
going to create a new profile based on an existing one.
- Open the Kreatieve_Keuken.pdf tutorial file in Acrobat Pro.
- Navigate to the Enfocus PitStop Pro menu and open the
Enfocus Processing - Preflight. Then navigate to the Ghent PDF
- Locate the "SheetCMYK_1v4" profile under the 2008 Specifications profiles. Double click
on the profile to edit this profile. This will display the Enfocus Preflight
Profile Editor dialog.
The Enfocus Preflight Profile
Editor shows all available checks along with what is already activated
within that check. By clicking on the different options on the left side of the dialog,
you will then see a list of checks already active in that check, as well as checks
available that can be added.
- In the General category, change the Name
to "Tutorial Profile".
- In the Color category notice that there are already some checks
In the Available Checks
list (list of checks on the
right side of the window), double click on the second check, "Color: RGB". This will add
the check to the bottom of the active checks.
Note: Notice that some checks are grayed
out once added and some remain selectable to add. This is because some checks can be
added multiple times to check different elements of the page.
and double click on "Convert to CMYK". This will tell PitStop Pro to convert any RGB
object to CMYK automatically when this profile is run.
Note: PitStop Pro uses the color
management preferences set in the Enfocus PitStop Pro
Preferences or you can change the color management settings within the
Preflight Profile using the Color Management option in
Enfocus Preflight Profile Editor, when editing a
- Click OK button to close the dialog and save your changes.
After clicking OK button a warning message will be displayed
asking you if you'd like to save the profile locally. This is because all the built-in
profiles are "read only" and if you want to save your own profiles, they will be saved
on the local machine.
button to save the new
profile. It will be listed at the end of your Local checks.
Note: To create an all new
profile select the Action menu in the upper right corner of the
Enfocus Processing - Preflight window and select from the menus.
- Select the new profile from your Local checks and run the profile on the tutorial
When processing is complete and the Enfocus Navigator is
displayed, scroll through the list of warnings and fixes to locate: "Remapped Device RGB
color space to Device CMYK color space."
Click on this fix to view the objects
affected by this fix. You will see that the RGB images from the first part of the
tutorial are now automatically changed to CMYK.
- Close the tutorial document without saving your changes.