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Can I store separate grayscale versions of images in a colored pdf?

While one should ideally make sure a color image is also suitable for greyscale printing via a printer's automatic conversion, sometimes it would make sense to simply provide an alternate version (...
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Alt text for many images

In my InDesign CS6 document, I want to make more accessible by adding Alt text attributes to all the image elements in the document. Some pages have multiple, separate images set up in a collection/...
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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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Colour difference between Ai file print and PDF file print

I am launching an online stationery business whereby I design stationery for clients who can print the products in their home or at a printers (My remote locate means that I am unable to offer the ...
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PDF has white background when exported from Illustrator

I'm saving an Illustrator CS6 file as a PDF. The file has a transparent background, however when exported as a PDF and dropped into InDesign the file has a white background. I've tried saving the ...
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How to specify that .PDF form fields use specific fonts?

Is there a way to embed a font in an interactive .pdf so that only it can be used to type in fields? I am fairly certain that InDesign doesn't have this capability, but do you know if this is at all ...
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Is Resolution Information Stored Within a PDF File?

I created a PDF and gave it to a company to print it for me. The resolution of their print turns out to be very low, and I am not satisfied with it. The company claims it is not their fault, because ...
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Is it possible to break up a PDF in to a grid for security?

I want to break up a pdf into a grid so it can not be copied. I want each page broken up into say 20 rectangles so the image on the page can not be copied when opened?
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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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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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how to import a mathematical equation in Corel Draw X5

I have a problem I could not solve. I am doing a poster in Corel Draw X5, and as it is a physics poster, I need to put mathematical equations in it. The Corel built in text editor is just completely ...
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Considerable stutter/lag/pixelation in PDF file while zooming in

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/96798895/Untitled-2.pdf I made this pdf in indesign, I don't know if it's an issue or not but when I zoom in to the file, say to any text or the logo, it stutters ...
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How to make 3.42m x 1.75m size pdf file with 300 dpi?

I'm working to make big size pdf file for printing. 3.42m x 1.75m (300 dpi) Printing company need 300dpi file. I tried it in Indesign and Photoshop, but failed. Please help me. Regards.
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Insert a variable on many pages in Adobe InDesign to fill in when printing PDF

I have a "Name" field on many worksheet pages which I want automatically filled in with a particular student's name when printing. I know in InDesign I can just create a master page that those ...
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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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InDesign: How to outline fonts when exporting to pdf

Is there a way to outline fonts when exporting to pdf? I know if a hacky way, but I am wondering if anyone knows the correct way to do it in the most recent version of InDesign (cc).
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How do I create a button in Sketch (PDF) that launches a mailto link when its clicked?

I'm building what will be a PDF in Sketch 3. I want to create a button (a rectangle box with "sign up" inside) that launches a mailto link when the person reading it clicks on it. I can't figure ...
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How to protect your illustrator file while sending it as a PDF and is there a way to deliver a PDF version that does not contain the vector artwork?

Is there a way to send your Illustrator file as PDF so that it doesn't contain the vector artwork? How can you protect the vector artwork and send it as PDF?
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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 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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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 ...