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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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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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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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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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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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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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<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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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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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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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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Acrobat: Select/Edit All Text in Entire PDF Document

I'll preface by saying that I am not a graphic designer, so this question might be staggeringly obvious... I have several 100+ page PDFs that consist only of tables of text, and I am trying to change ...
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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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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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Illustrator searches for linked files in pdf

Adobe Reader shows pdf's with "linked files" correctly, but Illustrator CS5 asks to "replace missing links", which I do not have (and even if I did, I wouldn't enjoy dealing with each one). It is ...
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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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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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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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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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Illustrator PDF save as: File size differs from yesterday to today in 1MB.?

I am saving a file (rich in text and photos, 15 artboards) as a PDF. I finished it yesterday and exported it. Got a 4.9 MB file. Fine. This morning I noticed a Typo. Corrected it (Changed no photo, ...
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Uploaded pdfs are blurry on LinkedIn profile page

On my LinkedIn profile page (under the Summary), uploaded pdfs look blurry. Individually, when selected, the quality is fine. Files are created in InDesign CS5 using Adobe preset "High Quality Print", ...
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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 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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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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Why does my PSD file contain only one layer after saving a project from Photoshop?

I have saved a brochure for print and because of the file size issues I saved my original Photoshop file as a PDF without Photoshop editing capabilities. Then I applied some changes and saved as ...
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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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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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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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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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Saving Illustrator as PDF without the hidden layers

We have roughly 55 cards that all have the exact same text. The titles and backgrounds differ among the cards. So I've made just one AI with the different backgrounds and all the text as one copy in a ...
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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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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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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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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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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: ...
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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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Are CMYK color profiles used when printing PDF files?

I have a PDF file, where all colors are in CMYK. Are CMYK color profiles used when printing this PDF file? There is a color profile on the PDF file, and then there is a color profile for the ...
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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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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 ...