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An output intent describes the final destination device you'll use to reproduce the color in the PDF, such as the separations printing device. Output intents override working spaces during viewing and printing, but they don't convert the colors in the PDF.
In a PDF/X1-a workflow, the output intent describes the working CMYK space. In a PDF/X-3 workflow, the embedded ICC profile in the output intent is used to dynamically convert any objects with color-managed color to the color space of the ICC profile in the output intent. In most cases this will be CMYK, but can also be RGB or Grayscale.
There are two kinds of output intents: One includes an embedded device profile that defines the destination device's color space, such as U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2; the other is a name that defines the destination color space and usually names a standard output condition. Using a named output intent rather than an embedded profile helps reduce the size of a PDF, but this is typically only possible for PDF/X-1a files or PDF/X-3 files that don't contain color-managed color.
You include output intents when you create PDF/X (or PDF/A) files using the Standards panel of the Adobe PDF Settings dialog box. You access Adobe PDF Settings differently, depending on your application. You can also use third-party plug-ins to include output intents. The program looks for the color profile associated with the named intent for documents with named output intents rather than embedded profiles.
Select See all tools > Use print production > Preflight. Go to Options and select Preferences.
Go to the Output Intents tab of Preflight Preferences. You can choose to make a new output intent or an output intent based on an existing one.
To create a new output intent from scratch, select the Create A New Output Intent icon .
To create an output intent based on an existing one, select an option from the list from the left pane, then select the Duplicate Selected Output Intent icon . An integer is appended to the name of the duplicated output intent.
Set output intent options and select OK.
You can extract an embedded output intent from another PDF, and then add it to the list of output intents in Preflight preferences.
On the Output Intents tab of Preflight Preferences, select Capture.
The output intent appears at the end of the list, with a name that indicates it was captured from a certain type of file, for example, “Captured Output Intent from PDF/X file.”
Select See all tools > Use print production > Preflight. Go to Options, and select Preferences to open the Preflight Preferences dialog box.
Select the output intent on the Output Intents tab of Preflight Preferences and select Export ICC profile.
Specify a name and location, and select Save.
The ICC profile appears with the other ICC profiles in the Profiles folder.
On the Output Intents tab of the Preflight Preferences dialog box, select the output intent and select Delete from the lower-left
Select Yes to Confirm the deletion.