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Converting PDF from RGB to CMYK with freeware or OSS

I print marketing regularly at my job, and everything is sent to us as PDFs. The problem is, the color profile is always set to RGB, and the resulting prints look terrible and don't match the colors ...
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importing a multipage PDF file into InDesign CC

When I place a multipage pdf file into InDesign CC, the pages go outside of my document settings, making this function useless. What do I have to do to make the placed pdf pages go within my ...
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Boxes appearing in online PDF [duplicate]

I work for a magazine and every so often we get ads (PDF format) that run through the pre-flight process with no errors. I will export a PDF with the ads out of InDesign and these boxes appear. This ...
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Problem with importing PDF to CorelDraw x4 (will appear in reversed colours)

I am importing PDF into a CorelDrawx4 and unfortunately the image (two-colored) will appear in reversed colors. Does anybody have the same problem and have any suggestions how to solve this ...
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Make A3 sheet PDF of multiple page A4 inDesign doc

I need to output A3 PDF sheets with multiple A4 pages from Indesign CS5 (So an editor can mark up by hand, the order of many small text based labels for an exhibition). Tried making a postscript but ...
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Animated slides conversion into static PDF

For all of you, people who make ppt slides with animations like: Showing bullet points one by one Showing images one by one or zooming a plot Showing a border on an active element Internal ...
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Combining Multiple PDF Files with different numbers of pages

We have a folder with around 4000 PDF files in it. We are merging these and arranging them 2 up to print on SRA3. The issue we have hit is that some of the PDF files only contain 3 pages, some ...
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Automatically Change Security For Multiple PDF's In Acrobat 9 Pro

I'm using Acrobat 9 Pro and i have like 100+ .pdf files which i need to add security settings to them. I saw tutorials for Acrobat X Pro but nothing for 9 Pro. Is there any way to do this ...
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How to open a multiple page PDF file as artboards in Illustrator CS6

I'm trying to open a PDF file with 7 pages and need to adjust each page in Illustrator CS6. How do I open the PDF file in one single AI files with all artboards within it?
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Illustrator:Why does the PDF version of my file show content I already deleted on the AI file?

I had a few random lines on my illustrator file so i Decided to delete them. Now: When I open this file on illustrator, the lines are gone - perfect. But when I saved this exact file as a PDF, then ...
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Printing Single Label of PDF Forms

I've made a PDF with 4 fields to be filled out by non-computer savvy people. Filling them out is no big deal, but we want to be able to print them onto mailing labels individually. Meaning, we're not ...
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Colour difference between Ai file print and PDF file print

I hope someone is able to help me solve this issue. I am launching an online stationery business whereby I design stationery for clients who can print the products in their home or at a printers (My ...
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Detecting Spot Colors

How do I find whether or not spot colors have been used in a PDF?
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Recognize all table cells

I opened a PDF file in illustrator, and I noticed that it only created objects for some of the cells, example I tried using using a trace, but I cannot seem to select the problem cells. How can I ...
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Is there any way I can make an InDesign text box editable in Publisher?

I make tons of single-sheets that our sales team uses. But some like to change the wording a little for each account separately, so I don't want them to have to come to me every time they want to ...
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My PDF shows up with strange colors when uploaded onto a website

I have a reduced-size PDF that looks completely normal on the desktop, but when placed on a website the bottom half of the PDF has a pinkish color over it, and makes some items in the PDF have light ...
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Printing a 11x17 booklet [closed]

So I am trying to take an inDesign file that takes one page of a document and splits it onto two pages of a 11x17 booklet. For example a landscape orientation image that has a bleed from one page to ...
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InDesign: Printing as booklet messes up colours

Graphics were designed in Illustrator CS3 and "placed" in InDesign CS3. When I use the print booklet option to print to PDF, the pages are correctly put in the print spread order, but my some of my ...
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Is there any way to use SVG as a page definition medium?

Can an SVG file be used to define a page the way PS or PDF might? My intention is to convert a rather huge number of 1-frame SWF files that have an unchangeable frame size ( i e, they look like ...
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Photoshop Multipage PDF without background

Is it possible to create a multipage pdf in photoshop without it adding a background? I can create the pdf but it adds a thick white border to each image/page. I'd like to have each page the same ...
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Pdf output looks different when exported from InDesign vs CorelDraw?

I have created a design in CorelDraw. While publishing it to PDF, it gets washed out. That might be due to some color management issue. Now, when I'm create the same design in InDesign the PDF ...
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Saving for 2 meter x 1.20 meter [duplicate]

I rarely design for big spaces, but i got a vector thats going on a 2m x 1.20m wall and just wondering the best way to save it? is it 1.10 of the size? but not sure bait the dpi as i have created it ...
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PDF gridlines only viewable when viewing via web [duplicate]

I have a PDF file that shows grid-lines, but only when viewing it in Firefox (when I open the PDF on my computer, or in Chrome, I see no grid-lines). Does anybody know how to remove the grid-lines ...
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What is the best page size, in pixels, for a PDF to be read on iPhone?

I want to design an instruction manual to be read on an iPhone and maybe Android devices. I know that the iPhone screen width is 320 pixels. What would the best page size be? What is the best height? ...
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How to copy Vietnamese text from a PDF and paste it into an InDesign document, keeping the special characters?

I'm trying to copy text from a Vietnamese language PDF into inDesign and many characters are incorrectly copied. For example, this is the correct text: PHỞ ÐẶC BIỆT This is what it's pasted as: ...
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Create pdf with external images

I wan't to create a pdf ready for print with an external logo file so that we can easily print many versions of the same pdf with different logos. Is anyone aware of any way you can keep an image ...
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How do I automatically add a margin to every even page?

I'm hoping this is the best community for this - Whilst not directly graphical, I'm thinking it is related to a print option in Adobe Acrobat, but, I can't seem to find it. I have a bunch of bank ...
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When I convert a PDF to open it in Adobe Illustrator, why are the objects in my file broken up in to many pieces?

I have a PDF file and when I turn it into an Illustrator CS5 file, the image breaks into pieces and there are spaces between the pieces. Why is this happening and how can I fix it?
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PDF export from InDesign unwanted image downsampling despite settings

I am exporting an 8.5x11 inch PDF at 300 dpi. I've placed a 2588x3375 pixel image at full page size. InDesign shows the image as 300 dpi. All setting in PDF profile say 300dpi and I print as PDF. ...
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Export Artboards to separate PDFs (Illustrator)

I was wondering if there's a way in Illustrator CC to export artworks containing multiple artboards, to multiple single-paged .pdf files, as Illustrator already does for images like .jpg files. EDIT: ...
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inDesign: how to exclude bleed area altogether when exporting to PDF

When exporting to PDF, I wish to eliminate entirely the bleed area. Is it possible to do so in inDesign?
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InDesign changes document dimensions when exporting to PDF

I've been sent an inDesign document with many pages. Format: A4 landscape. Most of the pages are double (two landscape A4 pages one next to the other) but some are triple (three A4 pages one next to ...
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Exporting from a pdf to an image creates jaggies

we have a PDF file with our company logo and header etc - and I'm trying to export to insert into Word. Using Adobe Acrobat, I save it to a jpeg, using highest quality and DPI600. The file is around ...
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how to print saddle stitch booklet from a Indesign book file?

I was wondering if anyone knows how to print saddle stitch booklet from Book File? I know how to do it from normal Indesign file. However, book file is different since there are so many different ...
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Adobe Illustrator Vector colors look completely different when opened on another computer

I have sent a file to a client which was saved in CMYK colors. They opened the file and the colors are nothing like the original design. Any ideas what is happening here? Any help is much appreciated. ...
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How do I create and check if a PDF is in X/1-a format?

I've created PDF files with Photoshop, then combined them to create a 16 page PDF. Photoshop's colour profile is set to SWOP (Newsprint), with Total Ink Limit set to 235%. The file will be printed ...
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Use PDF (InDesign?) for Website reviews with pixel for pixel bitmaps

I would like to take some PSD or PNG graphics and put them into a PDF such that when the PDF is shown on screen with default Adobe Reader preferences, the bitmaps look pixel for pixel the same as ...
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Export of Indesign page thumbnails to PDF xmp metadata

This is a technical question about InDesign/PDF XMP metadata. I'm trying to build a simple document indexer in PHP, making use of XMP information in the files indexed; i.e. PDF:s exported from ...
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InDesign 508 Compliance Challenges

I have a two-page newsletter that I created in InDesign CS6, and I have encountered two different challenges while trying to make the PDF 508 compliant. I have arranged all of the content in the ...
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TTF character to vector

I'm trying to use a single character from the font Killigrew as a symbol in .svg or .jpg format on my website. However, the .ttf file is formatted incorrectly, so any image program I try to insert ...
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Losing outlined text from inDesign to JPG

Ok ... I designed a book cover in Adobe InDesign. The book is an anthology, Hellfire Lounge #4 ... The subtile "Refelections of Evil" is typed in InDesign, turned into layers. Yellow fill, no outline. ...
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The best PDF pre-set/standard for print?

I am curious to know if there is a PDF version that is preferred by most printing studios? I remember being told that PDF/X1a is the format to use when preparing design/artwork for print. But, I ...
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Is it standard to save Photoshop Editing capabilities for PDF?

Is it poor judgement to preserve photoshop editing capabilities if creating a PDF for a client? I'm wondering if it comes across as unprofessional or whether it might be a courtesy to save the ...
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A3 indesign file, wanting to export to A4 PDF how?

I'm sure this can be done, just cant figure out how. I'm needing to export my portfolio as a pdf but my indesign document is a3, i see no option to chose the size. Any help? Thanks
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How can I export a Photoshop DVD Menu (Widescreen) into Acrobat without distortion?

I created a DVD Menu Design and need to export each page as a .pdf. When I do so the design is distorted horizontally. Specifically, it isn't as wide as the canvas is in Photoshop. The results are ...
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How do I export multiple different sized artboards to PDF in Adobe Illustrator?

I have a file with multiple artboards of varying sizes. When I print to PDF, I usually get just the size of the first artboard, the rest are either cropped or have a white border around them. Any ...
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How can I fit multiple pages on to one A3 PDF page in Adobe InDesign?

I want the document in the screenshot below to export as PDF on a single A3 paper format with crop marks. So all 6 pages have to fit on a single page, A3 print size. Right now I am only able to ...
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Problems in Saving as pdf - image resolution decreases and text resolution remains same

i have been facing this problem many times. When ever i save any high resolution image in PDF format, the pictures in the image gets pixelated and the text or any shape remains unpixelated. But whan i ...
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Setting up a batch action in Acrobat for adding a barcode footer to a PDF file?

I'll make a point to be as detailed as I can with this. My company does sublimation printing for retail items. To make sure items are correctly identified on the production table, each item has to ...
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PDF has white background when exported from Illustrator

I'm saving an Illustrator CS6 file as a PDF. The file has a transparent background, however when exported as a PDF and dropped into InDesign the file has a white background. I've tried saving the ...