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Coming up to a final preview, the PDF was still reduced in image dpi, had simulated greyscale, and was without bleed and printer marks. Worried that someone would down-the-line confuse it with the final print-quality file, I added a "preview - do not print" banner. The text was placed on several pages but moved and sized differently to not obscure stuff to-be-proofed while still being conspicuous.

How can I arrange to turn these off easily, with one setting and not going through to find them one-by-one?

It's not on a master page because they are different (and not on every page, and there may be more than one master page). I see InDesign has layers, but each page has a separate setting. I see something called "tags" but have no idea what that feature does.

Is there a good way to do this?

  • I'd use a PDF watermark rather than changing anything in the Indesign file. – Scott Nov 2 '15 at 2:59
  • How would you do that so it's specified per-page and will appear automatically when I re-do the next PDF export? – JDługosz Nov 2 '15 at 4:08
  • I wouldn't do it "per page" I'd just add a watermark in the PDF that is on every page. You can configure the mark to only show when printed, and you can restrict the PDF so it ONLY prints in low resolution (which wouldn't be suitable for press) In addition, you can set all this up as an action in Acrobat so it's just a click. Doing things "per page" in InDesign is just making more work. – Scott Nov 2 '15 at 4:36
  • That runs into the same thing as I explained for why it's not on a master page. "…but moved and sized differently to not obscure stuff to-be-proofed while still being conspicuous. " – JDługosz Nov 2 '15 at 5:12
  • Guess I don't really understand the "fear" of someone publishing the proof. If you mark it as a proof, it won't happen by mistake. Anyone actually proofing things should have the wherewithal to disregard a watermark. Sounds like your'e going to a great deal of trouble because you really don't trust whomever it is that is doing any proofing. – Scott Nov 2 '15 at 6:07

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