Uploading A PDF - Errors (DIRECT TO PUBLISH (DTP) PDF uploader utility)

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Writing tools and version tracking, along with task management and collaboration features, work together to help build Print Books + eBook Bundles with ease. 

For Print Professionals with access to Adobe Pro, use the DIRECT TO PUBLISH (DTP) PDF uploader utility to skip the writing and organizing tools and go directly to Publication Setup: https://fp.fastpencil.com/publications/new?

  • *Please notice the separate tab for e-Book Upload. To obtain both Print and e-Book from the DTP uploader utility, the publisher must provide both files to perfect specification. 


1. The PDF upload tool is for PRINT PROFESSIONALS with access to Adobe Acrobat Pro. 
2. Your Print-Ready PDF must comply with these minimum requirements:
    1. File Type:
    2. Minimum page count: 24 pages
    3. No Bleeds or Crop Marks:
      YOUR PRINT-READY PDF MUST NOT HAVE BLEEDS OR CROP MARKS. Your uploaded document must conform to the following accepted sizes (width × height in inches):
      For a Black and White Publication:For a Color Publication:
      5.0 x 8.0 5.5 x 8.5
      5.5 x 8.5 6.0 x 9.0
      6.0 x 9.0 8.5 x 8.5
      7.0 x 10.0 7.0 x 10.0
      8.0 x 10.0 8.0 x 10.0
      8.5 x 11.0 8.5 x 11.0
    4. Embedded Fonts:
      To upload a PDF file for printing, you MUST embed fonts, otherwise the printer might not print correctly.


3. File Type MUST be PDF/X-1a:2001

To create a PDF/X-1a:2001 file, export the PDF as "PDF/x-1a:2001" format. That is the standard that embeds fonts inside the PDF and assures proper output.

In Adobe Acrobat Pro, go to Edit > Preflight > PDF/X Compliance > Analyze and Fix > Save. Verify your document properties by viewing File > Properties > Custom > Value. This ensures the document is ready for upload.

Use this new PDF/X-1a:2001 file for Upload to FastPencil.


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