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The transcript from today’s video is below:

Hey guys, happy Friday!! Thanks so much for joining me for this little video course. I hope that you’ve enjoyed it, and that you’ve picked up a few new InDesign skills you can use in the future. 

Before we finish up the business card design we’ve been working on, I just want to let you know about a promotion I’m doing at the moment. If you want to expand on the skills you’ve picked up in this short course, I’d really recommend also checking out my more comprehensive course, Become an InDesign Pro in 10 Skills. 

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OK, so back to our task at hand. In this final video, we’re going to take a short but really important step in the design process, and that is taking the artwork you’ve created in InDesign out of the program and into the big, wide world. 

Once you’ve exported your card, you can send this off to a local printshop or online printer like Moo or VistaPrint, and before you know it, you’ll have lots of lovely business cards to start handing out!

Back in our InDesign document, the first step is to make sure you’re happy with your design, that there aren’t any spelling errors and also that all the background colour and shapes extend past the edge of the page, up to the bleed line. 

When you’ve checked those things, first File > Save your document. 

Next up, go to the File menu again, and this time choose Export. 

Give your exported artwork a name you’ll recognise, so something like ‘Business Card_for print’ would work. You’ll also need to choose the folder where you want to save the exported artwork to. 

In the Format menu at the bottom you’re going to want to choose Adobe PDF (Print) as we’re creating a document for printing. 

Click Save. 

OK, so in this next window, which is the Export PDF window, we’ve got a whole bunch of options here. But actually all you need is a few key things.

The first is the Preset at the top of the window. From this drop-down menu, choose [Press Quality], which is going to give you a really high-quality PDF suited to professional printing. 

Under the Pages section, make sure All is selected, to export both the front and reverse sides of your card. 

We’re not working with a facing-pages document here, but you want to ensure anyhow that Pages, not Spreads, is checked.

From the window’s left-hand menu, click on Marks and Bleeds. 

Check both All Printer’s Marks and, from the Bleed and Slug options, check Use Document Bleed Settings. 

Alright, if you want to have more control over the size of your PDF file, and in particular if you’re working with images in your document, you can also dip into the Compression option and adjust some of the resolution options there. 

But for our purposes here, that’s all good so we can move on. 

OK, we’re ready to export, so go ahead and click the Export button in the bottom-right corner. 

So InDesign might take a minute to get your file ready and then the file will open up in Acrobat or Reader, or you can go into the folder you saved it to and find your file in there. 

Fabulous!

So now you have this PDF file, you’re ready to get your cards printed. Great job guys!

Our mini ‘Go InDesign Pro’ course has come to an end, thanks so much for joining me this week, I really hope you’ve enjoyed it. As I said before, make sure to check out the exclusive  course promotion below if you want to keep building on your InDesign skillset—we’ve had some lovely feedback from current students so have a little read of those too if you have a moment. 

It’s been fantastic to have you join me this week, my name is Grace Fussell, and wishing you all a wonderful weekend.