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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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What is the best way to save an image to a publication that will allow you to zoom in to greater detail

I am working on a project for a small organization that publishes PDF magazines to ISSUU.com. We are discussing adding infographics to the publication, but some can be tall and can't be used in their ...
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PDF viewer with a 'View Outline' Function?

When someone sends me an artwork file and I need to see if certain elements are vector or raster, I currently just quickly zoom in all the way to see if the artwork pixelates or not. I'm looking for ...
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What are the limitations of the option “Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities” in Adobe Illustrator CS5?

First some background... We have a custom piece of software that requires PDF files to auto generate web pages. These PDF files are pretty typical, the only special thing about these is that hey ...
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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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Can I export from pdf through Photoshop and back to pdf and keep the color values the same?

I've been sent a pdf which contains text, vector shapes and rasterised images. I would like to take a small area of that pdf, which contains all of these, run that area though Photoshop so I can use a ...
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Expandable text field in acrobat

I would like to create a pdf with text fields that expand in height but when you are finish typing that they revert back to there original size so as not to cover anything up or flow the rest of my ...
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Exporting PDF from Adobe Illustrator without aliasing

I am working with an image with an aliasing problem in Adobe Illustrator CS6. The aliasing disappears after unchecking Preferences-> General -> Anti-aliased Artwork. However, when I export the ...
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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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Looking for the best PDF editor or plugin for InDesign

Does anyone know about a good(free would be great) PDF editor? I am trying to edit/translate an "Instructions Manual" PDF for a certain product. I need to edit the text in the PDF in order to ...
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Why won't a font allow embedding in a .pdf? Will it print right anyway?

When I export to PDF from InDesign I keep getting this error message: "This font could not be embedded due to licensing...The PDF will not be created if the glyphs cannot be represented." Yet the ...
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Software like InDesign or QuarkXPress to create instructional documents

I'm creating a booklet on teaching programming through examples and exercises. What's the best software for writing the pages? It'll be code examples, exercise questions and some diagrams. I'm new ...
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What font can I use for a Japanese book?

I have a PDF book to be translated in Japanese, and what wondering which fonts to use. My main languages are French and English and I have no experience with asian fonts. I would not be able to say ...
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Why is my background white when exported as PDF in InDesign?

I have a problem with Adobe InDesign. When I change the page's background color (by modifying the Swatches>Paper color), and export it to PDF by going to File>Export, in InDesign - the outcome of that ...
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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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Indesign adding white strokes to stroked text when exporting to PDF

I am working on a very basic InDesign project (my first one), and have one trouble that is progressively driving me crazy. I need some bold text, and so have added a 0.25pt black stroke to my 10pt ...
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What are these white outlines in patterns in the .pdf I exported from Illustrator?

I am using pattern in illustrator in separated layer of course and some text areas and line texts in another layer... when I save the file to a PDF format I got a very bad result as seen as the ...
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How to export an InDesign file to PDF that is going to be spiral bound

Ok so I designed a 106 page cookbook that is going to be spiral bounded. I created my InDesign document with a 3mm bleed and facing pages. On some pages there is an image that is stretched between ...
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How to edit pdf files in Photoshop without bloating the file size?

I have a pdf file of size 266KB which I open with Photoshop, crop out the boundaries and save it back again. The new file size is 7.96MB! Since all I did was a crop, I did not expect the file ...
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How to export a Magazine Document into a PDF for PRINTING?

I know how to export an indesign document into a PDF document, but I want to make sure it is the right format for printing. I've heard about something called Booklet? Thannk you for your answer! ...
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Professional Powerpoint design from Indesign

I just have some very basic questions regarding how a professional designer would approach creating an impressive Powerpoint presentation using todays techniques. The presentation has to be made in ...
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How to export layers to pages of a pdf file in Photoshop CS5

I need to save each layer of my psd document as a page in a multi-page PDF file (or as a single-page PDF file each as I can combine them later). File->save as->PDF works for 1 layer at a time, but I ...
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Can I reformat an old logo with a higher resolution?

I have 2 logos saved in a PDF file. I sent them to my printer to have a banner printed using those logos. THe printer is saying they are not high enough resolution. How can I reformat them so they are ...
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Best workflow for pdf to ePub processing and editing (large project)

Colleagues have been asked to convert a large pdf archive (about 150,000 items) to ePub and Mobi (keeping the pdfs, too, of course). I ran a few newish ones through Calibre to find the pain points: ...
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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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How to reduce the size of a PDF with embed fonts (Calibri)

I need to reduce a PDF form's size to at least 500 KB from 1,117 KB. A client gave me this form already created and they just have to use Calibri as a company standard. I am aware that Calibri is ...
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Why is the blue in my AI file black in my PDF file?

I created a RSVP card for a friend and in the AI file the color is NAVY Blue but when I save as a PDF and attach it on the email it is black. Does anyone know a solution?
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Adobe PDF error when printing. What's STACK?

I'm receiving a mysterious error when printing a .PDF. The exact message it prints out (wrong linebreaks) is: ERROR: undefinedresult OFFENDING COMMAND: itransform STACK: ...
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When creating PDF from an image, what determines the screen dimensions when viewed at 100%?

I would like to use pdf for ease of use and annotations when creating previews of my screen designs. However, no matter how I create my pdf, I can't seem to figure out what determines the 100% view of ...
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how to open mutliple pdf pages in photoshop

I am actually trying to save all pages in the pdf as a png image but here i can't open all pages in one time. i have read here for how to open pdf pages I have to open one by one and then i am saving ...
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How to change PDF text encoding ? (ANSI to UNICODE)

I have this problem with a PDF I am trying to copy the text from... I have this text in a pdf and I need to insert in into a HTML page, the problem is that when I copy the text some of the letters(the ...
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export multiple Inkscape SVG files to multiple PDF files

I have a number of svg files created in Inkscape. I would like to know if there is an utility where I can export all the svg files into multiple pdf/png files. I have around 150 such svg files. The ...
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Photoshop - missing layers while saving as pdf?

I have problems saving my photoshop file as a pdf or eps vector graphic. It wont include some of the layers and I cant see why. See screenshot below: screenshot: psd (left), pdf (right) I tried out ...
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InDesign CS4 or CS5: How do I export tiles to a PDF?

Let's say I have a document which is 30 inches by 30 inches. My printer is 11x17. I need to print tiles. Let's also say that the printer is attached to a computer which doesn't have InDesign, but ...
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Illustrator CC bug: “save as PDF” with single artboard actually contains entire file when re-opened

just realized (what I think is) a pretty bad bug in Illustrator CC and I wanted to know what your opinion was on it. In short, saving as seperate artboards works in regular PDF viewers but if you ...
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PDF from InDesign looks correct but prints bounding boxes around effects and transparencies on SOME printers

When I export my newsletter from InDesign to PDF, the resulting PDF, including all transparent graphics, rasters and effects look great on screen. When I print the PDF to a plotter (Canon IPF8300), ...
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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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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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Interactive elements of a PDF being hidden when viewed in iOS/Android et al

we have created an interactive PDF in InDesign CC for a client with rollovers on various charts, that display extra information when rolled over. Now obviously the rollovers are meaningless on touch ...
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Dealing with transparent objects in a PDF for Mozilla's built-in PDF reader

Anyone have clever solutions for drop-shadows from InDesign that are being uploaded in .pdf to a website? I've just learned that the new Firefox built-in reader doesn't support it, known issue ...
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How can I ensure that a .pdf file I sent to a publisher has the same layout as on my computer?

I have next to no knowledge about typesetting, just the usual office skills. Some weeks ago, our team wrote a scientific paper, and after it was accepted at a conference, I handled the submission of ...
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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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Revert to .psd from .pdf

I saved my .psd file as .pdf to - well - see a pdf version of it. I think I might have unchecked the thing that keeps it editable and keeps the layers. Is this revertable? Can I get my psd file ...
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Combining multiple data merge documents in InDesign

I have a report made in InDesign that needs to go to several different types of recipients (e.g. study participants, advisory board, and other powers-than be). The report everyone gets is the same, ...
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Inkscape Circles change dimensions when exporting to PDF

I have a 20 concentric circles in Inkscape, not filled, with a white semi-transparent border. Like this: When I export it to PDF, the circles are resized and they become ellipses, revealing the ...
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Unique serial number on page each time a pdf or indesign doc prints

I have to design a document for internal use that needs a unique serial number on copy of the sign off sheet. I'm aware that InDesign has a numbering function (to number book/magazine pages) but what ...
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Saving a PDF file with Photoshop CS 3 gives error because of the font I use?

I'm trying to save a PDF file and retain text, The problem is that when I use some hebrew fonts that I purchased I get an error while saving the file, The error is the famous: "Could not save as ...
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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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print service who uses only photoshop to raster, is it normal?

I'm not an expert let me just say, so with the risk of sounding a little stupid I have a question. I had to send .pdf and .ai files (around 100-300mb each) to a print service to have them printed on ...
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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 ...