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Converting a .pdf into black/white without grey

Good day, I hope I am right in this section. I have scanned a book and it came out like that: You can imagine that my printer will hate me if I print 150 pages like that. Also I don't like the ...
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How to create high-quality jpg from pdf in Acrobat Pro DC?

I need to a) rasterize and b) convert from CMYK to RGB a lot of pdfs, to make them work with the Flip book plugin on our homepage. The method I have used is Save as - jpg; then Combine files ...
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PDF/EPS file color changing when imported to Quark

So, I have tried different methods and nothing seems to work to fix this problem: I've made a graphic file in Inkscape and saved to PDF (and later EPS, just to try it). The file has colors that ...
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PDF Acrobat Comment List Zoom

In Adobe Acrobat, I would like to zoom in on the comment list in a PDF file. When I undock the comment list, it is a small font and I would like to zoom in. I have done this in the past by accident ...
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InDesign: Changed from Indesign CS6 to CC and now files won't export to PDF properly - missing characters

I recently got a new Mac and changed from InDesign CS6 to CC. I'd been exporting to PDF (Print) absolutely fine on the old Mac (in InDesign CS6) - but now when I export in EXACTLY the same way (on ...
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How to set a tabel in pdf that you can copy paste into excel

I want to create a template in pdf with one column where clients can write questions (for each row) that I can copy paste into excel. All I could achieve yet was to set one big field in pdf where ...
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How to reduce a PDF with 80 TIFFs file size?

I have an InDesign document of about 80 pages with roughly around 80 high resolution TIFFs (one for each page). The average size of each TIFF is around 15MB. When I export it, the PDF's file size is ...
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Shaded box shows up when exporting pdf using drop shadow effects - Corel x6

I'm facing problems in printing a design containing a Drop Shadow. When I export the PDF from Corel X6 for Offset printing, the Object containing the Drop Shadow comes out with a shaded box, which is ...
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Is it possible to add a field/button to a pdf that allows a user to insert an image using reader

A client of mine wants to be able to edit text and add images to pdf. Ive set the text fields but struggling with adding images. I've created a button that runs javascript to add a pdf but can this be ...
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In Inkscape, can I link to a pdf/svg-file instead of embedding its content?

I am using Inkscape as a canvas to layout existing pdf/svg/png plots that I have made in Python, and then add some details and text to the overall figure. When I import the pdf/svg files via File ...
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InDesign extract each page as a separate file

In a document where I have, say, 20 business cards front and back, and I have to export them as individual PDFs. That's 40 exports! I know that in acrobat I can extract the pages afterward, but I was ...
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What causes PDF file size to increase when saving over from Illustrator?

I have a simple ad that I built in Illustrator CC with one linked image. The file size of the AI file is 5.8MB, when I export to PDF (2001 with Printer Marks and Bleeds) the file size increases ...
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How can I convert a single PDF into a multiple-page PDF in InDesign?

My company creates large blueprint-type files that our customers can print at home on standard letter size paper and then assemble into the whole. We currently do this by creating a file in ...
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Why is my PDF displaying documents at 72dpi?

I created a file in Photoshop with a resolution of 300ppi. However, my PDF keeps producing a file that consists of what is much smaller and more like a 72dpi image. I triple checked my resolution ...
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Modifying plain PDF to introduce interactive elements

I have a 70 page PDF that I would like to modify to make elements interactive. For instance I would like to intruduce a contents page that links to other pages and links within the rest of the ...
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Why is pdf created from indesign file with just jpg smaller than size of jpg

Why is pdf created from indesign file with just jpg smaller than size of jpg. My indesign file is simply an A1 size document, I add a 9mb (4000 x 3000) jpeg to the indesign file but when I export the ...
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Character Spacing in Editable PDFs

I am creating editable PDFs in Acrobat X (I also have Acrobat XI). However, I am designing wedding envelopes and wish to set character spacing to give a more elegant look. Line spacing etc are ...
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Does there exists bitmap formats with spot color support?

Does there exists a bitmap image formats which support spot colors, andwhich can be used in a pdf file? It looks like neither tiff, jpg and png don't support spot colors. This might sound like an odd ...
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Better way to save photos in InDesign so that they print in higher quality when turned into PDF's?

I create my newsletter in InDesign, and then save it as a PDF. I typically print a few copies from Adobe Reader, but no matter how high quality I set the printer at, my photos always look horrible and ...
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What is the best platform for displaying interactive PDFs on a tablet?

We want to produce a series of interactive PDFs which will be viewed on iPads by our employees in a retail environment (in 350+ locations in our region). We are looking for a delivery platform which ...
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Shrink (not compress) a PDF file using free software

After designing a document in Adobe Fireworks (I know, not made for it, but hey, legally buying software is expensive) I am able to export it to a PDF. The problem is that I designed it at 300 DPI, ...
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indesign: placed vector graphics rasterized when exported to swf

Using Indesign CS4, I "place" PDF files (I've also tried saving them as Illustrator files). It works well, and when I export as a PDF, they look perfect. When I export to SWF though, it rasterizes ...
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Keeping Margin Space from a PDF when Editing in Photoshop [duplicate]

I am trying to edit a PDF in Photoshop. I want to keep the white margins on the page, but each time I pull the PDF into Photoshop, it automatically crops to the size of the image on the page. I ...
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How to calculate map distances from scale

I have this PDF image of a map with a scale of 1:300. How do I obtain the real length of the object precisely, since it can be zoomed in and out? Let's just say that I want to calculate the length of ...
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Resolution for a door size poster [duplicate]

I have to design a door sized poster, I am doing it in Coreldraw software with colour mode checked to CMYK. What should be the resolution for this artwork?
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Why does Illustrator sometimes save as PDF and other times it keeps it as an AI file?

I create PDF files from my Adobe Illustrator files by saving as. I would prefer it to create the pdf file and retain the AI file but sometimes it converts the ai file to a pdf. Not all the time, only ...
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Preparing PDF file for black and white offset newspaper print

The print shop is asking me for a PDF in CMYK colors even though they will use only black ink for printing. My pages are originally laid out in color. Should I simply convert the page to grayscale ...
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Printing item #s of assessment at coordinates on image

Our coaching and training service provides a variety of assessments online and the output needs to be automated and delivered both onscreen and in printable form via pdf. The point is to show each ...
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How to combine (partially scanned handwritten) comments from multiple sources into the original pdf?

When asking colleagues for feedback on a PDF, some of them prefer adding hand-written comments on its printout instead of using the pdf comment functions of acrobat/reader, and send me the scan ...
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how to edit a technical drawing copiend into AI from pdf

I have copied a technical drawing from pdf into AI and i now need to edit this add more details. However there is a box around the whole drawing which does not let me reach the individual elements of ...
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PDF text has strange mark at end of line of text

I have artwork that has a strange mark at the end of each line of text. This artwork is originally an SVG that was converted to a PDF using cairosvg, then opened with CorelDraw and put into ...
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Starburst/Stroke Messing Up on Export

Having some issues exporting a file in Illustrator. I'm using a dashed stroke for the starburst effect and it gets all weird on me when I export it to pdf. If I export to png then I'm left with ...
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What program do I use to create a manual or catalog?

The last time I did any desktop publishing it was ten years ago and I used Microsoft Publisher. Now I need to put together a product user manual, troubleshooting guide, and a new catalog. I figured ...
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How to automatically insert page numbers to hyperlink destination text anchors in Adobe InDesign?

I'm using Adobe InDesign to make a PDF that will have links to pages within itself (e.g. a text on page 10 links to the text on page 32). I'm using "New Hyperlink Destination" to create Text Anchors ...
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How can I convert the font from pdf to ttf?

Got a font in pdf created in PhotoShop. Need to convert it in TTF. It's not just a pdf file with text but the Latin charset. Online extractors do not work in my case, I tried ...
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Indesign always exports previous version of document

So there's this weird thing happening. I exported a file to pdf with Indesign, then a few days later made some changes to the indesign file and tried to export again. Yet, when I check the 'new' pdf, ...
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Alt text for many images

In my InDesign CS6 document, I want to make more accessible by adding Alt text attributes to all the image elements in the document. Some pages have multiple, separate images set up in a ...
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Acrobat / Illustrator: Grayscale images lose contrast on import

The original image I imported into Gimp, then converted it to grayscale by switching to grayscale mode. I exported it as Lenna-gray.jpg. After switching back to RGB mode, I exported again, as ...
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Saving image files with maximum compatibility for different displays?

There's a website I'm working on where students can read their textbooks online, page by page using an implemented PDF viewer. But I've noticed that this doesn't look particularly great on different ...
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Exporting to pdf with CMYK transparency

I have a shape with a CMYK fill color and a transparent image. When I export it to PDF the colors get distorted. In the export the color setting is in CMYK. What I noticed is when I change ...
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Can I store separate grayscale versions of images in a colored pdf?

While one should ideally make sure a color image is also suitable for greyscale printing via a printer's automatic conversion, sometimes it would make sense to simply provide an alternate version ...
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Changing colors in a PDF document? Tried illustrator and photoshop

I have a PDF document with text and basic graphics (squares, circles, thought bubbles, etc.) behind the text. My goal is to change the colors of these shapes. Here's what I've tried: InDesign 5.5 - ...
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‘Save as optimized PDF’ in Acrobat breaks hyperlinks created in InDesign

I'm creating a portfolio PDF in InDesign; the InDesign file contains some hyperlinks (some web links and a couple of email addresses, plus some text anchors for in-document navigation). The best ...
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How to specify that .PDF form fields use specific fonts?

Is there a way to embed a font in an interactive .pdf so that only it can be used to type in fields? I am fairly certain that InDesign doesn't have this capability, but do you know if this is at all ...
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Is Resolution Information Stored Within a PDF File?

I created a PDF and gave it to a company to print it for me. The resolution of their print turns out to be very low, and I am not satisfied with it. The company claims it is not their fault, because ...
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.AI vectors and text rendering wrong when PDF exported from InDesign

I have an InDesign file which has a placed logo linking to an .AI file. The logo looks absolutely fine in InDesign. I also have some large text using the font Open Sans which looks great in InDesign. ...
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Adobe Illustrator is making my PDFs HUGE! Why?

I received a pdf of about 1Mb, with 6 pages. I opened each page, one at a time, in Illustrator, changed some text, then saved, so it saved back to the original PDF. After 6 pages of minor text ...
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How to make 3.42m x 1.75m size pdf file with 300 dpi?

I'm working to make big size pdf file for printing. 3.42m x 1.75m (300 dpi) Printing company need 300dpi file. I tried it in Indesign and Photoshop, but failed. Please help me. Regards.
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How to store paper medium (not size) in a PDF?

Our documents are intended to be printed on a pre-printed form that our printer has set up as different paper medium. Forgetting to chose that is obviously rather annoying, but changing the printer's ...
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How do I produce a fully editable multipage PDF from multiple PSD files in CS5?

I have a large number of pages ready as multiple PSD files. I need to make these into at least 2 page PDFs for double sided printing (even better if I can combine them all into one large file), while ...