Print-Ready File Error



I'm trying to do a print book with a PDF from InDesign. I keep getting a very non-specific error message when going through the "Make Print-Ready File" step. I've tried re-exporting with many different settings, even with the export settings file from Lulu and still no luck. I have no idea what the problem with the file is, so I keep making adjustments while in the dark as to what the problem could be. 


Relevant (?) info about file:

The file has a lot of text, a lot of images, some drawings & diagrams

- Text is Garamound

- Some images are jpgs, others are pngs

- Drawings and diagrams are PDFs

- Some images are in RGB

- Exporting for full bleed


I havent seen anything that says any of these items would be problematic, but I'm just trying to figure out what could be going wrong.


Any ideas?


Thank you!


  • Em_PressEm_Press Professor

    Try printing your PDF with another PDF converter like DoPDF or Adobe Pro.

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  • The whole book is in InDesign, how do I get that file to export through other software?

  • Em_PressEm_Press Professor

    Install DoPDF on your computer. It is free.



    Open your InDesign book file, click on File/Print -- select printer (DoPDF), wait till file prints, save to the folder of your choice.






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  • Em_PressEm_Press Professor

    btw, name it Do_your title so that you can differentiate it from the others.


    I use it all the time. It's fantastic.

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  • Bummer, looks its not compatible with MacOS. Any other thoughts on what could be wrong with the file?

  • I see your support case and I escalated to put it in front of the right people. Hopefully they'll be able to help figure out why the file won't convert and contact you with some guidance shortly.

  • Em_PressEm_Press Professor

    jn,  they have a version for Mac.



    "If you use a MAC you're in luck, as by default your operating system includes a program that allows you to generate files in PDF format. But on Windows things are a bit more complicated, as you need to have a program installed that lets you convert printable documents into portable ones (PDF). Such programs are called PDF Creators/Converters/Writers, and the good part is that there are quite a few available for free."

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  • Em_press:


    I should point out the PDF functionality built into OSX may make PDFs good enough to run off a copy at the local copy center, but not good enough to upload to Lulu. Found that out while poking around on this site.


    A decent workaround would be to have the OP output the file as Postscript (on the same menu as the PDF output option in OSX that I just mentioned).

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