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Can I just save files as a PDF from Illustrator?

I use illustrator a lot and I'm always exporting PDFs. Since the PDF is a "save as" rather than an export, I end up editing the PDF and saving out. This causes version conflicts. Could I just work in ...
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Export vectors from Illustrator and trim out extra canvas to use in Latex

Is there a way to save an Illustrator file as pdf without the canvas? Somehow, when I save as pdf I always end up having the "whole" canvas saved with it. In contrary, when I export to, lets say png, ...
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Creating a PDF file with variables

Is there a way to prepare a PDF file in any of the programs in the Adobe Creative Suit, making a part of it change with input from the user? For example, you make an invitation template. You make the ...
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problem with pdf export in inkscape - line stroke

I had today some surprising experience in converting svg to pdf using inkscape. I am preparing drawings for laser cutter. for laser cutting, the drawing should be passed as pdf and the line stroke ...
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PDF Within Vector based Photoshop File

I have designed a product label in Photoshop CS6 that I will be outputting as a PDF. The label only includes text and shapes so nothing is rasterized when viewing the PDF, and you can enlarge to any ...
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inkscape problems exporting filling pattern to pdf

I have created a filling pattern. When I export to pdf a shape filled with such pattern I get something really different from what I see in the editor. This is an example: what I see: what I get: ...
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Rotate illustrator canvas and contents?

Is there a way to rotate the canvas in illustrator 90 degrees? It's pdf format. I've tried the artboard tool (Cmd + o / Ctrl + o) I found an answer regarding this: Illustrator opens PDFs rotated 90 ...
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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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Combining elements from multiple PDFs -what options do I have, what tools can I use?

Here is my problem: I am creating mindmaps with Mindjen MindManager (see an example here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mindmanager.png) The problem is that this program has very poor printing ...
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Have PDF hyperlinks open in a new window in InDesign CS5

I'm created an InDesign file using CS5. Where do I find the option to have my hyperlinks open in a new browser window? When I create the PDF from InDesign and post the PDF on my web site the links ...
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Can you create interactive pdf with changing images on mouseover?

Is it possible to produce pdf files with InDesign that have interactive images on them? For example, the initial appearance of the image is black/white but once the mouse touches it, it changes to a ...
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How can I combine multiple PDF files into one?

I have made my CV using Photoshop CS5.1 (3 separate files) and need to convert it to a single PDF file. I've done it before using a free download but can't remember what it was...does anybody know? Or ...
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Printing a transparent PDF document with alpha channel results in artifacts on the photo

Me and my friend are kinda struggling a lot. We have a "overlay" PDF file containing a PNG bitmap image (no vectors). We use this PDF for automatic montages in PDFlib together with generic photos to ...
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Illustrator pdf converts object to grey

I have created some art work in illustrator but when I export to PDF some of the obects are converted to grey as per the attached image. Please help on why this is happening. Thanks
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Can't select paths from PDF file in Illustrator

I need to work with this file for a school project I have. Currently I am trying to make roads. I saw that the roads in the original image will work fine with what I am working on, so I am tried ...
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Book printing, pages not arranged correctly

I'm trying out self-publishing and I'm a bit confused on how to print the pages of my book. The approximate size of the pages of my book is 4.25in x 5.5in. That's roughly 1/4th of a 8.5in x 11in in ...
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“placed” Photoshop images in Illustrator - blurry when saved as .pdf?

I've edited some images in Photoshop to be used in a .pdf I'm creating in Illustrator. In PS, the images looked great and were saved with the following settings: .jpg/CMYK/Image Options: 10/Maximum. I ...
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How can I open my InDesign 7.2 document in 6.0 or convert it into PDF?

I have a document that was saved as a InDesign 7.2. Now I have version 6.0, and I was wondering if there is any way to open it or convert it online to a 7.2 document and/or PDF.
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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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Digitize notepad to PDF (ebook) while preserving typography

I'm looking for a way to convert a notepad (multiple pages of hand-written text) into a PDF or other e-book type file format (DjVu?) that would preserve existing typography as well as allow searching ...
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Adobe Acrobat imposing plugins

What are some good Adobe Acrobat plugins for imposing PDFs. I think that's the word. Like set up 9x5cm business cards onto a SRA3 page so that I don't have to place them exactly the way I want them ...
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Semi-Opaque Graphics Appear Black When Saved to PDF from Adobe Illustrator

I am working in Illustrator CC with a CMYK file that has lines stroked with black at an opacity of 10%. When I save this image to a .pdf, the strokes turn pure black instead of being transparent. Why ...
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Creating PDF/A conform files with Adobe Illustrator

I need to create PDF/A conform files of technical drawings with Adobe Illustrator. Are there any presets for saving PDF/A files? Or do I need Adobe Acrobat Pro for this?
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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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How can I create a color-separated PDF in GIMP?

Using GIMP I would like to create a color-separated PDF. I plan on making printing plates for a home letterpress and they request a color-separated PDF, which seems to just be a page for each color ...
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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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Text losing color fill when saved from psd to pdf

I created my resume in Photoshop and now when I save it as a pdf part of the color fill in my Name is getting lost See the second f in Chudacoff is missing the brown color in the top right. I saved ...
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Creating a logo for a PDF application, which symbol should I use?

I'm developing a Mac PDF application and I'm at the tedious step to study a proper fancy logo. Is it ok to use the well known Adobe symbol of PDF inside my logo? Do you know another symbol that is ...
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Will a non-printable layer in InDesign still export?

Per a similar question asked, Can I Put my logo on an outputted PDF?, I was familiar with the Acrobat process to create watermarks. However, I was curious if you created a non-printable layer within ...
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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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How to convert to path (Illustrator CS5)

I have a PDF (exported from CAD) that I am working with in Illustrator CS5. Lines in the PDF are made of triangles, and I would like to convert the lines to be a single stroked path. What is the best ...
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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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Photoshop CS6 PDF export problem

Sometimes I need to save the Photoshop files i'm working on as .pdf, but there is a huge problem with the .pdf export on my computer. For example here is a brochure design draft. It looks great in ...
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Pdf with layers from photoshop CS6

Is it possible to export a PSD photoshop file to PDF keeping the layers like in here? I tried saving as PDF and checked 'layers', but it doesn't work.
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Create a PDF in illustrator with links to pages

Is it possible to create a multi-page PDF using Adobe Illustrator with various elements on a page linked to other pages in same PDF? The purpose is, we want to output semi-interactive prototypes with ...
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How to convert clipping mask to individual paths?

I'm a programmer, not a designer. I'm handy with a graphics program as long as it doesn't require artistic abilities. However, I'm not sure about the correct terminology. I'm working with Adobe ...
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My outputted PDF looks different on a Mac to a PC

I'm a bit concerned as my outputted PDF from InDesign CS5 looks different on Mac. This has happened a few times. It seems as though sometimes the Mac does not draw the new version of the PDF, which ...
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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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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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Exporting to PDF in Illustrator: Reduce file size in document with multiple occurrences of the same raster graphic

I have a multi-page PDF created with 7 Artboards in Adobe Illustrator CS6. The problem is the PDF file created is too large (40MB). The pages (artboards) have the same exact high-res raster graphic ...
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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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Opening PDF in Illustrator breaks up text objects

I recently had to convert some PDF files to SVG, and did this by opening the PDF in Illustrator, and saving out to SVG. The issue was that when Illustrator opened the pdf, many (but not all) text ...
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Set PDF “Initial View” in InDesign CS6?

When exporting a document from InDesign CS6 to PDF, is it possible to set the "initial view" of the PDF, so that the PDF opens up in "two up" (side-by-side) format by default? I can do this in ...
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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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Illustrator glow effect not shown in pdf after saving

I am relatively new to Illustrator. I use version CS6 and I just discovered that when I apply an outer glow effect it is not visible in the PDF after saving apart from when you make the effect really ...
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Can I Put my logo on an outputted PDF?

I create designs and then export to PDF and give them to the printers, but what I would like to do is to put our company logo on there, but not in the printable area. I know I can put the file name ...
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Problem with hyperlinks from an InDesign generated PDF - only works if browser is open

I'm at a new job so I'm not sure if this is a Firefox issue or hyperlink issue. Haven't experienced it before. I created a few hyperlinks (three spots for our company website, two for company email) ...
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Inkscape failing at converting an .svg to an .eps (or any other file)

I used inkscape to grab an image out of a pdf. After doing so, I found out the only way it would actually save was to save it to .svg. I then tried saving the svg to eps/pdf/wmf/emf... etc basically ...
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Photoshop: Pixel pattern blurry on export to PDF

I am designing an A1 poster (at 300 dpi) and am noticing blurriness on a pixel pattern when I export my PSD to PDF. My methodology for generating the PDF is as follows: Flatten the image Save as -> ...
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InDesign Spread Pagination

I have created an 8 page brochure with InDesign and exported a PDF for my print guy. At the moment the pages are exported as: 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8 But for print he'd like them formatted like this: ...