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Missing characters when exporting to pdf from indesign

I'm getting a random error when exporting a indd file to pdf. I'm on OS X 10.9.5 and running indesign and acrobat pro CS4. The font in question is helvetica neue light (true type). The indesign ...
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Transparent PDF [closed]

Ok, so i create a pdf from an InDesign doc and the client wants to cut and paste parts of the pdf, but have the background on his document show through. Any way to do this in InDesign?
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Color file appears as black & white when saved as PDF [closed]

I am working on a series of signs that were created from the same master. One sign consistently appears as black & white when converted into a PDF format, without making any changes to print ...
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Saving Ai files as editable pdf?

Sounds simple, but it's giving me a headache, I'm able to save the file and open it in Adobe acrobat pro dc, and edit the text but my client is asking for the logo symbol, to still be editable for ...
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Considerable stutter/lag/pixelation in PDF file while zooming in

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/96798895/Untitled-2.pdf I made this pdf in indesign, I don't know if it's an issue or not but when I zoom in to the file, say to any text or the logo, it stutters ...
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Replacing non consecutive pages from one (InDesign exported) pdf file to another

From single document in InDesign I export 2 pdf files. First pdf file contains all pages as grayscale, second pdf document contains only colour pages. Color pages pdf document carries information ...
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OCR software recommendation

I should scan a brochure and remake it with all the text and images replacing some obsolete text like emails and old links, but preserving the pictures and text relationships. (No, I do not have any ...
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Problem gradient design pdf

I'm facing this little problem for a design I am creating. I need to create an gradient from transparant to white and in Illustrator it seems ok. But when saving the file as an pdf I get the ...
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Special two-state button in InDesign

In InDesign, I want to make button with two states, just like on the example: The normal state is a circle, so if I move the mouse over it, an info box pops up. That is a nice feature in an ...
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Is there a way to specify textBox orientation with ID CC script?

Orientation of a form field (and of text inside it) can easily be changed in Acrobat Pro in properties/general/orientation, but none of textBox properties in ID JS seem to work this way (for example, ...
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Is it possible to use “Cover” as page number in PDF using Acrobat?

I know that we can create a "Cover" as page number in PDF for example using TeX. But for an existing PDF file, is it possible to change a page number to the text "Cover"? I have Acrobat installed. ...
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Looped GIF or video in InDesign

Is it possible to A, embedding an animated GIF, or B, embedding a video where the controllers are hidden and loops itself automatically within InDesign, then export it as an interactive PDF? Is ...
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Indesign CS6: Applying “show/hide” function to elements on separate pages from trigger

Is it possible to apply a "show/hide" function to an element on one page that effects elements on other pages throughout a document?
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Indesign CS6 Is it possible to make one really long page and use breaks to make it work as if it's multiple pages?

I'm having trouble using the show/hide feature in Indesign to effect elements across multiple pages (see my question on the issue here). If I can't figure out how to make that work my next best ...
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Does it make any difference compressing a file during exporting or after?

I have an InDesign file with a number of vector images in it. I was wondering whether it made any difference whether I exported a full quality version and compressed the resulting pdf or exported a ...
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Decreasing the page size when saving to PDF

I created an SVG image in InkScpae. It is 1328 pixels wide. Then I did "Save as PDF". The resulting PDF was 15 inch wide. I need the PDF to be in the width of an A4 paper - about 8 inch. I tried to ...
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How do I create a Interactive PDF from Indesign that allows end user to change picture for something else?

For example: I am creating a real estate flyer and want to save it for an agent as an interactive PDF. This way the agent only has to change out the pictures and text for each home.
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How can I decrease PDF's margin while printing?

I have an e-book (for A4 size-portrait) with border and margin of about 2 cm. Since the fonts are a bit big, I want to print two pages on same side of A4 paper (in landscape) and zoom a bit by ...
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How do I get Adob Reader to allow my interactive PDF to be saved for e-mail?

I made a Questionnaire in Indesign CS6 and have the newest version of Adobe Reader. I'm trying to test it out but the bar at the top of the screen says that the information put into the form can't be ...
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Why are my printed colors duller than expected?

Basically, I've designed a booklet on Photoshop CC. It's an informational booklet so it's quite vibrant with lots of colours and pictures in it. I've finished it and exported all the files into PDF ...
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Problem with submitting Interactive forms created in Indesign CS6

I made a questionnaire in Indesign and when I open it in Adobe reader and attempt to submit it I get an error message saying that action isn't permitted. I came across something else that said you ...
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Create a PDF from illustrator without being able to see the individual objects

I have created a product catalogue using Illustrator and would like to distribute this catalogue as a PDF. I have saved each page from illustrator as an individual PDF and then merged the pages into ...
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Merge Point Text Objects Into One Text Area In Illustrator

After importing from PDF I have several single line point text objects which I want to convert to one multiline text area object. Currently I have several lines of text represented as separate point ...
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Print from acrobat pdf - print true cmyk values

I've created some graphics on Adobe Illustrator and have saved them as a pdf. Using Output preview/Object Inspector (from the dropdown Preview list) I can check that every object in the the graphics ...
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Make PDF background transparent in Adobe Acrobat Pro XI

I have a vector graphic in PDF with a white background: how can I make the background transparent? I have to import it into some Illustrator document whose background isn't white, so I need the PDF ...
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Photoshop export to PDF - Shape issues

This little screenshot explains well the issue. I have shapes from Photoshop (also made a test from copying shapes from Illustrator) and exporting to PDF. Here is the ugly results. If I reduce the ...
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How to place cut marks on a 2UP image in Indesign for Printing?

Getting an image ready to print and ran into a problem of cut marks/crop marks not appearing once the file is printed. Just to review the steps I took while working in InDesign to layout the image: ...
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Extract vector graphics from PDF in photoshop

I have a pdf which I want to extract a high resolution / vector graphics format from. When I open the PDF with Preview I can zoom in forever and artwork always seem to have a crisp edge. However ...
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How to remove layers from PDF file in acrobat?

I have large techical drawing PDF with a lot of layers. But i need only three of these to open in Illustrator. How to delete layers from layer panel in Acrobat Pro XI?
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gimp: pdf export introduces artifacts on edges where there is no background

This is a followup question to gimp: Background removal gives gray fringe, when exported as pdf: To reproduce the problem you have to follow these five steps: In gimp create a New File with ...
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Fonts of PDF look different in Preview (made in InDesign CS6)

I am making an interactive pdf in Indesign CS6, using Quicksand (from Google fonts) as main font. In InDesign, at 100% view, everything looks fine and the text is easy to read. (left text in the image ...
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Multiple Layers in PDF

I've created a page using Inkscape and I exported it to PDF. The image has about 5 layers. The image is fine when I open it using preview - I can see all of the layers. However when I upload the ...
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How to decide output printing quality and material for an image?

Ths is my first question on this site. I need help, I have modified version of this attached sample photo from the movie promesthus. I want to print it and put it as a wallpaper on my room wall. ...
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Print a PDF with large pages onto multiple smaller sheets of paper

I have a PDF file containing a map with a page size of A0. How do I print it on A4 or A3 as tiles, which I can then stick together?
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Is it possible to online search for PDF vector images? [closed]

I'm trying to find an easy way to search the internet for PDF vector images. Update: using "free to use, share or modify, even commercially" filter Google Image Search: filetype:pdf spaceship ...
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InDesign CS4 displays transparent image correctly on screen, but the exported PDF sometimes prints a faint background

I am working remotely with a client; deliverable product is supposed to be a printable PDF. The problem: The design has a colored background, and over this, an image with transparency. On screen and ...
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Converting RGB bitmap to CMYK, colour profiles

My question is related to this one: What's the point of converting RGB images to CMYK TIF/TIFF before placing them in InDesign? I am preparing some artwork in Illustrator, which contains some ...
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Images blur when exporting as interactive PDF (CS6)

When I export my InDesign CS6 Document as an interactive PDF the images come out blurry even though they're all properly linked and look fine when exported to a print PDF. What can I do?
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Why are PDF/X files better than “standard” PDFs?

I have a friend who is also a graphic designer, has little experience in prepress, but has a nice portfolio and seems to have a good knowledge of using the Adobe products. I can't dismiss his opinion ...
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How to keep the text in vector in Photoshop without rasterizing it or flattening the layers when exporting to PDF?

After many tests in all kind of PDF presets, I couldn't figure out how to keep the text layers as vector and still have the quality of InDesign without using it. Everything I tried was rasterizing ...
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Selectively Optimizing the Background Image in PDF File

I am trying to create a PDF document that includes many images. All of them are on the foreground except one, which is a monochromatic background and spans the whole document area. I found that ...
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Interactive template for making printable document

I'm creating a template for a simple printable document where the user should be able to change the placeholder text and example images. These user won't have access to any fancy program like ...
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Visible Grid appearing in Image in PDF [duplicate]

I have a .pdf that I am trying to send to our printer which has a few color images in the manuscript. These few high resolution images are appearing to have a weird grid in them that was not present ...
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Exporting large size PDF from photoshop

I have create PSD file in photoshop on A3 (~12 X 18 Inch) size Canvas. Now I would like to export PDF format from it in A1 size (~24 X 36 Inch) for A1 size paper printing. Unfortunately while ...
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illustrator cs6 when exporting to PDF and print - the black area of masks shown in a low opacity also in PDF preview [closed]

When I save an illustrator file to pdf (press) that includes a mask and view the PDF preview or print the file, the black areas of the mask are shown in low opacity. What's causing this?
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Color Change with PDF on iDevices

I was wondering if someone had a solution to keep PMS colors the right color when exporting a PDF from Adobe Illustrator. I have been having issues when i create a document using specific PMS colors ...
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Do PDFs have to be square or rectangular?

I'm creating a sticker in Illustrator and was wondering whether when exporting to PDF format, can it only be saved in a rectangular/square shape? I'm asking because if not then I'd prefer to have a ...
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How to save an Illustrator document as PDF in a different paper format?

I have several Illustrator documents in 'A1' paper format that I need to save as PDF in 'A3' format, with in addition disabling editing capabilities. These smaller PDF are typically web versions of ...
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How do I match *.pdf page numbering when I don't count my front page?

I have my document designed and page numbers set and all that jazz good to go. My first page is the cover page, and as such I don't want it numbered. I have the table of contents set as my first page ...
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How do I control the order of text in a PDF exported from InDesign?

I've created a document that's got an elaborate layout of a bunch of text boxes. When I export to PDF, open the PDF in Preview, select all and copy out to a text file, the order of the text boxes is ...