Virtual printers are often used to write postscript files for PDF or to print to a high-end printer at a service bureau. The use of a virtual printer allows you to create a color postscript if your network printer is only black and white, or to print a file with a larger image area than your network printer may allow.
To begin, download Adobe PostScript Printer Description Files (PPD) from There are five Distiller PPD files. You will be using Acrobat Distiller. (Acrobat Distiller CS and Acrobat Distiller CT represent Chinese Simplified and Chinese Traditional, etc.) To install the PPD file on Mac OS X, copy the ppd into the following location: Mac OS X Volume > Library/Printers > PPDs > Contents > Resources > en.lproj.
PPD files describe the fonts, paper sizes, resolution, and other features that are standard for PostScript printers. The Acrobat Distiller PPD enables you to create PostScript files that are optimized for PDF.
1. From the Go menu in Mac OSX, choose Applications.
2. Open the Utilities folder and double click on Print Center (OS 10.2x) or Print Setup Utility (OS 10.3).
3. Click the Add Printer button.
4. Choose IP Printing (OS 10.2x) or LPD/LPR (10.3) from the pop-up menu.
5. Type “localhost” (without the quotation marks) in the LPR Printer Address field.
6. If you wish to give this printer a unique name, deselect Use Default queue on server (10.2x) and type a name into the Queue Name field.
7. Choose Acrobat Distiller from the Printer Model pop-up menu.
8. Click Add.
When you want to save a file as a PostScript document, select Print in the application you’re working with, then select the localhost printer from the Printer pop-up menu. Choose Output Options from the Copies & Pages menu, enable the Save As File option, and select PostScript from the Format menu. Click on Save and, in the resulting Save To File dialog box, name the file and click on Save again.
Acrobat 6 – Edit Text
You can edit and make corrections to an Adobe PDF document using the TouchUp Text Tool. Use the TouchUp Text tool for minor text edits in a PDF document. For more extensive revisions, edit the document in its original application and recreate the PDF. The font must be embedded in the document or installed on the system to edit text.
To edit text using the TouchUp Text tool:
1. Choose Tools > Advanced Editing > TouchUp Text Tool.
2. Click in the text you want to edit. A bounding box outlines the selectable text.
3. Do one of the following:
• Choose Edit > Select All to select all the text in the bounding box.
• Drag to select characters, spaces, words or a line.
4. Copy, delete or add text to a text selection using one of the following methods:
• Enter new text to replace the selected text.
• Press Delete or Choose Edit > Cut to remove the text
• Choose Edit > Copy to copy the selected text.
5. Click outside the selection to remove the highlighting.
To edit the text attributes:
1. Choose Tools > Advanced Editing > Touch Up Text Tool.
2. Click in the text whose attributes you want to edit.
3. Open the TouchUp Properties dialog box – Control-click (Mac OS) or right click (Windows) and choose Properties.
4. In the Touch Up Properties dialog box, select the Text tab.
Change any of the following: Font, Font size, character spacing, word spacing, scaling, offset, fill and stroke.
To add new text to a document:
1. Choose Tools > Advanced Editing > TouchUp Text Tool
2. Option-click (Mac OS) or Ctrl-click (Windows) to open the New Text Font dialog box.

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3. Select the Font and writing mode to use and click OK
4.    Enter the new text.
Cursor Looks Like Cross Hairs in Adobe Photoshop CS
Adobe Photoshop displays tool cursors as cross hairs instead of brush size or the default tool cursor (e.g., brush, eraser).
Solutions – do one or more of the following:
Solution 1
Release the Caps Lock key.
Solution 2
Deselect the Precise option in Photoshop’s Preferences dialog box by choosing File > Preferences > Display & Cursors and deselecting the Precise option under Painting Cursors and Other Cursors.
Export Illustrator CS to legacy Illustrator format
1. Choose File > Export.
2. Type a filename, and choose a location for the file.
3. Choose Legacy Illustrator EPS (*.EPS) as the file format, and click Export.
4. In the Legacy EPS Options dialog box, select the version of Illustrator with which you want your file to be compatible.
5.    Set additional options, and click OK.
Creating Hanging Indents – InDesign, PageMaker and Quark
Aligned hanging indents are easy to create and give a printed piece a more professional appearance. This method can be used in any layout program including InDesign, PageMaker and Quark.
1. Use a Tab stroke in between the first definer and the text. In this sentence type:
1. Text. No spacing between the period and the text, only the tab code.
2. Highlight the text and create the Tab setting. Often .1875” will be appropriate for a single digit or bullet, and .25” will work well for a double digit numbering system.
3.    Enter a Left indent the same value as the tab setting (.1875”).
4.    Enter a First Line Indent with a negative value of the Left indent
•    Enter a bulleted item following a numbered set by increasing the left indent twice the value of the original indent (.1875 x 2 = .375”). First Line indent does not change. Create a tab stop equal to the value of the First Line indent.
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