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What is the best way to export imposed PDFs from InDesign?

The only way to export imposed PDFs directly from InDesign is through print booklet. But that only exports a .ps file, which has to be processed in Distiller. Adobe recommends to create PDFs directly ...
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PDF presentation, storing multiple proportions

I've prepared a presentation in InDesign, that's supposed to be seen on very different screens. I'd like this presentation to look the best, despite the proportions of screen that it's beeing seen on. ...
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Is there way to preload all images in PDF document

I've prepared a quite image heavy presentation in InDesign, just to occur a bit annoying problem. After exporting interactive PDF, and opening the file, some of the images and elements load on the run ...
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Publishing Books: considering Adobe ID, XeLaTeX

As a university professor, I feel like gathering my notes and create books (ebooks) out of them. I know LaTeX quite well but sometimes I feel like the placement of floats is not very well done ...
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Illustrator - Document Raster Effect Settings - no effect to PDF file size

I had a little research, but I can't explain this little anomaly I have here. When I save a PDF with Document Raster Effect turned to 72 dpi it will have the same size as the file when I switch ...
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How do I create a PDF document that displays a spread with pages side-by-side on desktop but splits spreads and stacks vertically on mobile?

As the title requests, how do I create a PDF document that displays a spread with pages side-by-side on desktop but splits spreads and stacks vertically on mobile? I recently saw a document doing this ...
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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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Open source software capable of open Sketch files

I have received several .sketch files from a graphic designer. I assume these files were created by SketchApp, which is a propietary software. Since I don't need to edit the files, but merely review ...
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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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How to avoid rich blacks on inkjet?

I'm printing a short-run of labels at home on my Epson Inkjet. I have a CMYK pdf I've exported from Illustrator. No rich blacks, no color conversion when creating the pdf, Appearance of Black: both ...
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Best way to send layouts with editable text to writers/editors who don't have design software

Here's a common design workflow problem, probably most relevant to in-house designers, but also to agencies who have a lot of non-design writing or research staff, or freelancers who work with in-...
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Save a PDF with a transparent background? [duplicate]

I have an Illustrator file that I have saved in various formats, including a .PNG. Only my client on a PC, needs it to be a .PDF with a transparent background. This is for print purposes. Any ...
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I'm using Indesign - the background is black yet when I print pdf it shows white [closed]

I'm using Indesign - the background is black yet when I print the PDF it shows white. How can I fix this please?
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Adobe Reader X changes the spacing on my text [duplicate]

When I add a text to my sheet and do spacing in between my sentences it will change it and compress it all back. How do I keep it from do this. We had a letter head created and this is what I am ...
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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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How do I combine PNGs into a PDF without losing quality?

I have a few hundred high-res PNGs I'd like to combine into a 200+ page PDF using only lossless compression on the images that are becoming the pages of the PDF. But when using Adobe Acrobat's '...
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Problem between SWF, PDF and IMAGE

For example, take a look at this SWF file here: http://vle.beaminster.dorset.sch.uk/frogweb/french/as_ct_student/content/pages/page014.swf I can just right click in my browser and then print to PDF ...
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Add a finger tracing layer to a PDF

We're looking to make a PDF for the kids with a bunch of mazes they can trace their finger through – Destination iPad. Was wondering if there is a way to use an image of a maze in the background and ...
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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 re-...
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is there a way to add hyperlinks in a Illustrator document?

I am creating a CV in Illustrator and exporting it to a PDF. I just read an article which stated that it is a good idea that we use hyperlinks in the CV so that the employer can just click and not ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to online search for PDF vector images? [closed]

I'm trying to find an easy way to search the internet for PDF vector images. Update: using "free to use, share or modify, even commercially" filter Google Image Search: filetype:pdf spaceship ...
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Saving as PDF in 300 dpi changes the resolution (PHOTOSHOP)

I would really appreciate your help. I 've been trying to figure this out for more than 5 days sadly on different types of software and finally I decided to download Photoshop CC and still no luck. I ...
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How to combine multiple Illustrator files into one PDF

So for my work I use a combination of photoshop, illustrator, visio, excel, and other things to make pictures and diagrams. I then want to combine them into one large pdf. Combining multiple files to ...
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Create a PDF in illustrator with links to pages [duplicate]

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 fix transparency issue in pdf output from Inkscape?

I'm creating some histograms for use in a scientific article, The final figure is supposed to be a few graphs, each with two sets of data plotted showing how similar they are. In my example, I used ...
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Unable save psd after save pdf in Photoshop CC 2015

I finish my design eg." design.psd" and save it as a psd file. After that I save to a pdf file, "design.pdf". I modify the psd contents and again, use save as a psd, overwrite the previous "design....
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Adobe Bridge > Output > Footer > Split text between two lines

I am in need of some advice regarding the PDF output in Bridge. I need to add a specific copyright line at the bottom of the outputted pdf but the text is too long. Is there a way to split the text ...
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How do I get Adob Reader to allow my interactive PDF to be saved for e-mail?

I made a Questionnaire in Indesign CS6 and have the newest version of Adobe Reader. I'm trying to test it out but the bar at the top of the screen says that the information put into the form can't be ...
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How to create a PDF template and export as HTML/CSS?

I need a tool that allows me to design how a PDF file would look like in a web page. Something simple the image below, I would like to design using some visual tool, export to HTML/CSS and then just ...
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“Keylines” Layer not appearing in PDF

I have an Illustrator document that has a layer called "keylines" showing some folding lines/design details. It looks like the following: When I save the document as a PDF, however, these lines do ...
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Problem with adobe PDF preview and indesign colour calibration

I've been trying to work this one out today to no avail. The 15 image on the right is how adobe pdf viewer and Indesign CC display my file. The 15 on the left is how it prints; I can only seem to ...
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InDesign script to print .indd into .pdf

As the title says we were discussing scripting processes and we noticed this has not been asked nor do I know if it can be done. Can you create an InDesign script that will take all .indd files and ...
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Check image compression used in PDF document?

Is it possible to find out what compression algorithms have been used for images in a PDF document?
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InDesign: Link back from cross-reference

for my recent project I have to make a PDF with endnotes at the end of every chapter. As we all know there's no easy way to do that in InDesign, only this more or less official workaround and some ...
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Export PDF with colors that show up in InDesign [duplicate]

I'm very unfamiliar with the color profile settings in InDesign. Most of the images in what I'm trying to export were pulled from the web. (Clearly, I'm not the most advanced user). When I export the ...
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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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Indesign CS6 Is it possible to make one really long page and use breaks to make it work as if it's multiple pages?

I'm having trouble using the show/hide feature in Indesign to effect elements across multiple pages (see my question on the issue here). If I can't figure out how to make that work my next best ...
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Transparency problem .. INDesign and Illustrator

I maked an indesign document(RGB) .. I've placed an AI document (RGB).. When I export to an interactive pdf file .. some colors changed .. and transparency doesn't work see images :
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Illustrator invoice to client useable PDF

I have designed an invoice in Illustrator CS6 - boxes and details that remain constant. Is it possible to convert it to an editable PDF which my client can edit customer details, sales and prices, ...
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How to tell Adobe Illustrator to use a font of a slightly different name?

I'm opening a PDF created with Adobe Illustrator CC in Adobe Illustrator CS6 and other than some features may not be available warning, it complains about a missing font: The font ...
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Auto-link phone numbers in a pdf file

In Adobe Acrobat, you can process a document using the "Create Links from URLs" function to automatically detect email and web links in a pdf file and make them live links. I want to do the same ...
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Text background stands out when printing. What you see on screen is not what you get from the printer

Please can you advise me ? I made posters in Inkscape, being equations on coloured backgrounds. I blurred the equations because I think it looks "artistic" :) I then saved the Inkscape .svg files to ...
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Difference in size (Indesign Export)

Really 'noob' question maybe, but how come I have an InDesign document with exactly 85x200cm but when I export it the pdf gets a size of slightly less?
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How to create a PDF which has a background that does not print

Is there a way to create a PDF file that shows a background color or image when viewed in Acrobat Reader, but when printed that background does not get printed by default? Ideally, this would happen ...
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Create a PDF from illustrator without being able to see the individual objects

I have created a product catalogue using Illustrator and would like to distribute this catalogue as a PDF. I have saved each page from illustrator as an individual PDF and then merged the pages into ...
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Very small file size PDF's from InDesign, am I doing something wrong?

I am creating a 12 page booklet, 120 x 180mm. All pages are text only except for the front cover which includes a PSD background and a Illustrator vector logo. When I export using the press quality ...
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Can you put a thumbnail image into a pdf which enlarges when you click on it? [closed]

We would like to insert images into our quote in the form of thumbnails which our clients can then click on to make them full size images. Is this possible?