What are the differences Between High Quality Print & Press Quality PDF presets in Adobe Acrobat?

Both the Standard and Professional versions of Adobe Acrobat enable you to create and fine-tune PDF files depending on if they will be used for low resolution online use, or high-resolution print production.

For High Resolution Print Production, two of the most commonly used presets are called "High Quality Print" & "Press Quality".

According to Adobe themselves:

High Quality Print

Creates PDFs for quality printing on desktop printers and proofing devices. This preset uses PDF 1.4, downsamples color and grayscale images to 300 dpi and monochrome images to 1200 dpi, embeds subsets of all fonts, leaves color unchanged, and does not flatten transparency (for file types capable of transparency). These PDFs can be opened in Acrobat 5.0 and Acrobat Reader 5.0 and later. In InDesign, this preset also creates tagged PDFs.

Press Quality

Creates PDF files for high-quality print production (for example, for digital printing or for separations to an imagesetter or platesetter), but does not create files that are PDF/X-compliant. In this case, the quality of the content is the highest consideration. The objective is to maintain all the information in a PDF file that a commercial printer or print service provider needs in order to print the document correctly. This set of options uses PDF 1.4, converts colors to CMYK, downsamples color and grayscale images to 300 dpi and monochrome images to 1200 dpi, embeds subsets of all fonts, and preserves transparency (for file types capable of transparency).

These PDF files can be opened in Acrobat 5.0 and Acrobat Reader 5.0 and later.


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