Introduction to Pitstop Professional

Duration: 1 Day


A one-day course designed to give users who need to create, verify, make and track changes to and preflight professional quality for commercial print use using this industrial strength set of plug-ins. After attending this course each delegate will be able to troubleshoot and check PDF files to a specific pre-press specification.


A working knowledge of the chosen computer operating system (i.e Mac or Windows on PC), and advanced knowledge of Acrobat and PDF creation from source applications such as QuarkXpress or InDesign.

Course includes

A comprehensive set of reference notes covering course topics, follow-up telephone support and, for training on Transmedia premises, lunch and refreshments.

Course outline

What is Pitstop?

  • What it adds to the Acrobat Installation
  • Memory Requirements

Pitstop Work Area

  • Pitstop Toolbars
  • Buttons
  • Palettes
  • Preferences

Manipulating Images

  • Changing Colours Of Line Art Objects
  • Overprint
  • Colour Mode
  • ICC Settings
  • OPI Info
  • Transparency
  • Transforming Objects

Editing text

  • Lines, Paragraph, Vertical
  • Text
  • Inserting Text
  • Changing Font Properties
  • Embedding

Preview and wire frame mode

  • Copying And Pasting Attributes
  • Undo
  • Redo
  • Eyedropper
  • Guides
  • Comments

Global Changes

  • Colours
  • Fonts
  • Prepress Settings
  • Overprint And Knockout Values
  • Force Minimum Line Weight,
  • Resampling Images

Changing Page Contents

  • PDF Box Settings: Media, Trim, Bleed,
  • Art And Crop Boxes, Removing Objects
  • Inside Or Outside Selections,
  • Page Numbering

Preflighting - what is it?

  • PDF Properties
  • Problem Reporting
  • Creating/Managing PDF Profiles
  • Preflight Reports, Regular And Certified
  • Preflighting, Pitstop Navigator Panel

Certfied PDF Workflow

  • Incremental Saves
  • Rollback, Creating/Viewing Snapshots
  • Setting Personal Identification
  • Starting a PDF Workflow
  • Job Information
  • Verifying source document
  • Replacing PDF Profile
  • Checking Status, Preflight Report
  • Edit Log File and History
  • Comparing Sessions

Action Lists

  • Creating, Editing, Grabbing
  • List Options From Manual Changes
  • Use of Manual supplied
  • Questions and Answers

Questions and Discussion

This course is available as a private or customised course. Contact us for further information and to customise this course to your exact requirements:

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