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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 ...
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How to export .pdf from numbers without background

I'm looking for a way to export a spread I made in Apple's Numbers program to a .pdf without adding a background. Is it possible to export only the cells? I'll be importing them into InDesign so it ...
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How to convert a CMYK PDF file to RGB [duplicate]

I have a 130 page PDF in CMYK color mode. Does anyone know a simple way to convert the PDF from CMYK to RGB? I have tried using Acrobat Pro but the colors take on a grayish-brown tint. I don't have ...
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InDesign Images converted from CMYK to RGB on PDF output

I'm using ID CS6 and I sent a booklet to out printer last week and all the images got flagged as RGB. I'm trying to figure out what went wrong. Some of the things that DIDN'T go wrong are: 1) The ...
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Create pdf from Illustrator and retain scale when printing

I have created a pattern in Illustrator CS6 and need to save as a pdf and retain the correct scale. I'm losing 1/16" of a inch all around. How can I resolve this?
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InDesign CS6 Forms Radio Buttons Not Behaving as Expected

I am using InDesign CS6 (Mac) to create a one-page data entry form, and it contains three sets of radio buttons where only one choice is allowed for each set. Each of the buttons is supposed to have a ...
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Print a PDF of spreads as single pages

I've created an InDesign layout which contains spreads, 2 letter-size sheets side by side on each PDF "page." I'm trying to figure out how to print the PDF so that each letter sized sheet prints ...
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What kind of file should send to client?

I don't want to send editable file or native file (i.e. Ai.) to client. I read some articles and found out that people send pdf file to client. Do I need to add password to it? because when I open pdf ...
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Why is my .pdf so much larger in file size than the InDesign file I created it from?

I have a 17MB InDesign file. Not a huge file size for a 40 page booklet. When I convert it to a pdf it blows out to 70MB! Usually the file size is reduced when saved to a pdf. I can't figure this one ...
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Why do some, but not all, PNG files (with transparency) in InDesign documents have black borders?

When I put PNG images into an InDesign document, sometimes they have black borders on the exported PDF. Usually this doesn't seem to be a problem in print but in a recent proof, I did see some of the ...
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Combining text from 2 boxes (2 lines) in a pdf form into 1 box (line)

in acrobat pro how do you combine text info from 2 different places in a form to 1 box in a pdf form - like below, where the 1st page of the form has 2 lines: (address) (City, State, Zip) then the ...
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PDF Alteration with Photoshop

A golden rule in graphic design is to always start with the source design files and re-export once the appropriate changes have been made. Often in digital printing in publishing this is not an ...
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Inkscape generated vector image has stroke size that won't change with resizing

I made a vector graphic and saved it as pdf with Inkscape. The problem is that when I open the pdf, if I resize it the graphic get scaled, but the strokes keep their size. So if I make the graphic ...
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Convert PDF to SVG preserving fonts

I´m using Inkscape to convert pdf to SVG. I need to preserve the text but SVG keeps converting it to path. I have tried embedding the fonts in the pdf but still the same result. Do you know if it is ...
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How to make a fast loaded PDF file in Photoshop?

I'm making my resume in Photoshop CC. The design style I've used is totally flat, so no shadows, and no other effect. Before saving it, I put the background in transparent to make less space to the ...
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Editing some pages in a PDF document of more than 200 pages

I am trying to edit a huge PDF document (annual report) of more than 200 pages. The original file was a Word document which was deleted after being saved as a PDF. Given that the changes are on about ...
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1st time sending PDF book of 48 pages created from InDesign to press

While I've been sending PDFs to press for years, I've never sent an annual 48 page booklet to press as a PDF. I've always sent InDesign package. I guess the thing that makes me most nervous is the ...
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Adobe Illustrator vs. Inkscape: Smaller than “Smallest file size”

Vector graphics is a compact way of storing simple drawings. And I always thought that the most compact .pdf file you can get from Illustrator, is achieved with the "Smallest file size" preset. ...
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Inkscape: Is it possible to always save as both SVG and PDF

Using Inkscape, I would like to automatically and always save my files in both PDF and SVG format. The reason is that I embed the PDF file into another document, while I want want to keep the SVG file ...
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Illustrator CS5 converts all the missing fonts of an imported PDF into vectors, how do I substitute the fonts so I can edit the text?

All the missing fonts of an imported PDF are converted into vectors in Illustrator CS5, how do I substitute the fonts so I can edit the text?
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What does “Create PDF Compatible File” mean in Illustrator? [closed]

What does the "Create PDF Compatible file" option when saving an Illustrator file do? What happens if I uncheck it when saving my work?
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How to convert existing image to A4 and set page orientation?

I'm aware the option to preset International Paper (such as A4) for New documents. So I'm looking for similar/same option, but for the existing document without having to hardcode millimetres and dpi ...
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Placing a PSD Bitmap or Layered Tiff over a spot colour in illustrator or Indesign

I have a cover designed in Illustrator CS4 that has spot colour as its base, and I have designed a graphic with a transparent background in photoshop. Cause I am working in Adobe Suite I bring the ...
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The easiest way to simulate how a PDF A4 letter would look like on a desk? [closed]

I'm preparing a start-up and have to send some corporate letters to potential business partners. I have already designed it and filled with contents, and exported to PDF. Now I'd like to see how it'd ...
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<Indesign 2014 CC> How to save a booklet to PDF

My problem is that I nowhere find how to SAVE a 200x200 booklet from 8 pages on a A3. I already know that you need to save it to a postscript file. The thing is I dont have a A3 printer at home so ...
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Indesign to word conversion doesn't look good

I have an InDesign letterhead design that I want to convert into an editable word document. I have converted it to a PDF which looks fine, but when I convert it to a Word document, the faded colour ...
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inDesign document becomes “unsaved” after pdf export

just wondering if I'm going crazy or there's a legitimate reason for this. Whenever I pop open an inDesign document and export it to PDF, my document becomes "unsaved" as if I did changes to it. ...
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How do I add an interactive social icon in a word/PDF document? [duplicate]

I wish to add a Social Icon say Facebook/LinkedIn in a word/PDF. when I get the final pdf I need these effects. The social icon will be gray on mouseover it will be like blue facebook icon as it looks ...
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PDF Embedded Fonts - TONS of Duplicates - Why

I am working with a PDF that is showing the following when I look at its font properties. It is like this for every font in the document, repeatedly embedded 10-20 times. What's going on with this? ...
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How to get rid of shadow from the old headline when replaced with new one in PDF (Illustrator)

I got PDF files from one foreign magazine to put translations in our language. First it seemed impossible, cause I couldn't open these files in InDesign to be editable (seemed easier way to receive ...
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File Dimension Problems - Saving as JPEG and TIFF vs PDF

I have just submitted my first design to a print shop; an advert for a magazine measuring 3.333" x 4.583" at 300 dpi. This was a simple design created in Photoshop, layering a logo over an image. When ...
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File Size issue when exporting from Word 2013 to PDF

First off I hope I am posting this in the right community. If there is a more appropriate place please let me know. My problem is this: I regularly generate PDF files from Word documents which ...
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How to get MS Office fonts?

There are a couple of documents I need to edit (making small changes) from time to time, and I only have them in PDF format. That would not necessarily be a big problem, except they use some fonts I ...
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PDF I open in Photoshop and save and PNG is not consistent

I have a need to make a bunch of PDF's into high-quality PNG files. I have done 14 so far, and for some reason there is a variance in a couple instances that is driving me nuts. I open each PDF in ...
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Acrobat: Font changes on paste

Using Acrobat Pro CS2, I observe strange behavior to text when pasting a certain diagram exported from Excel as PDF into the current document. This issue concerns the text already in the document, not ...
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Problem in exporting to pdf in photoshop cs6

i need to export a label for printing and i have no contact with the printer nor will i. When i export a label to pdf via Adobe photoshop Cs6 i get nice and crisp text but there's an image that's so ...
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scan/fax with text & numbers in black & white - how to improve/cleanup/enhance using Photoshop/GIMP?

I do not have a lot of experience with Photoshop or GIMP. I have a scanned or faxed document of an invoice/receipt that I am trying to submit to get reimbursed. I was mailed a copy with text that is ...
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InDesign: PDF auto fill-in when clicking on hyperlink

is it possible to let InDesign fill in some predefined text when clicking on a hyperlink? For example: You have a pdf with 5 pictures and a form field, when you click on picture number 2 it writes ...
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Why is a PDF made with AI showing a faint black ghost outline around some shapes?

I am trying to help with an .ai document I did not create. It has multiple layers and when they save as PDF, a faint black outline appears behind one of the images but an inch below it--just the ...
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Printing Different Sized PDF

I would like to know the best way to set up my designs for print by others. I will be sending my clients PDF's of designs I have created specifically for them. They will either print them on their ...
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Is it possible to edit placed PDF file in InDesign if it was exported to PDF from InDesign

So, I got this PDF magazine layout (page by page - not all pages in one document). When I place it in InDesign, I can't edit it. Can't change font or anything. I just have one object (text and ...
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Adobe Illustrator PDF Works, but then uploading it changes colors

I searched through the site and I couldn't find an answer to this specific question, so here we go: I've designed a business card in Illustrator. The background is a darker red. I export it as a PDF ...
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Can I display CMYK in RGB format easily?

When designing for print I obviously use CMYK, however I'm always a bit unsure of how colours will turn out because monitors work on RGB so the colour you are seeing may not be representative of how ...
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InDesign and PDF printing boxes instead of shadows - Onscreen looks perfect

I apologize in advance if this has been asked, but I've searched for a few phrases and I'm not sure how else to ask it. Using InDesign I've created a vector "ribbon" and given it a drop shadow. I've ...
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Designing Professionally themed PDFs

I am trying to find out what software goes into designing professionally themed PDFs and would greatly appreciate someone explaining the workflow. I am weakly familiar with LATEX, but I don't believe ...
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Is there an alternative way, instead of Adobe DPS, for read an interactive pdf with buttons and slideshow on mobile devices and ipads?

I did a pdf presentation with a simple layout with a first part with clickable numbers. All those numbers are buttons that activate a "popup" with texts and pics. On desktop it's quite ok, it works, ...
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Placed image doesn't show when saving as PDF

I am using Illustrator 17.1.0 to prepare some scientific figures. I have two layers: the bottom one has some placed PDF figures and the top one has annotations. When saving this as a PDF, the placed ...
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What is the difference between pdf “print ready” and just straight pdf?

I am about to get a book printed and the term: "pdf print ready" has come up. How is this different from an ordinary pdf file?
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Adobe PDF file too big to upload. What are my options?

I have 4 Illustrator (Adobe pdf) files I need to upload to a freelance website for a job I did. I saved each one as a PDF file but they are 184 MB each. The site only accepts files under 100 MB. Each ...
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Brightness Threshold to Scanned PDF File

Some vector-based softwares are able take a vector picture out of an image, for instance the Brightness Threshold option in Inkscape. Suppose now that we want to apply this process to a full PDF file ...